For The Benefit Of Others

Lord-Kshitigarbha-V1_2_1-723x1024Bodhisattvas work for the benefit of others in eleven ways:

  1. befriending the friendless;
  2. counseling the confused;
  3. helping the helpless;
  4. protecting the fearful;
  5. comforting the grieving;
  6. sharing with the destitute;
  7. mentoring those who seek spiritual guidance;
  8. accompanying those traversing the path;
  9. praising the prudent;
  10. admonishing the rash; and
  11. subduing those who will not yield to good counsel.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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10 Responses to For The Benefit Of Others

  1. Many Little Drops says:

    Reblogged this on Many Little Drops.

  2. Can you please expand on numbers 10 and 11. How can we admonish and subdue in a way that is still in line with the teachings?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      Admonishing need not be harsh –it is a kind and well-meaning observation about the consequences of a particular act, offered with the intention to help, and never in judgement.

      Subduing refers to exercising spiritual (not physical) power: we can pray, inspire, exemplify, and dedicate merit, so that others may be moved to embrace the Dharma, in this or other lives. It also refers to impeding, whenever possible, the exploitation and abuse of others by resisting peacefully, but firmly.

  3. Mark says:

    Thank you for that question Annette. I was struggling with those 2 also.
    I find it similar to trying to understand “emptiness” at first.
    I think for most westerners “admonish” is associated with a definition such as:
    “Warn or reprimand someone firmly”
    Thanks Tashi for clearing things up.

  4. Sara says:

    What Sutra is this from?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      This is a condensation of the extensive Bodhisattva Vows.

      • Sara says:

        Thanks but from which Sutra?

      • Tashi Nyima says:

        The 48 Vows of the Bodhisattva are presentd by Asanga in his Bodhisattvabhumi. In the Brahmajala Sutra there are 10 such vows, which were later expanded.

      • Sara says:

        Ah, okay you’re referring to the the Precepts and other actions of a Bodhisattva, from the Sutra of Brahma’s net, as well as the Bodhisattvabhumi Precepts from the Tibetan Yogacarabhumi-sastra. I thought this list sounded similar to some of the one’s in the Brahma’s Net Sutra, but you’re saying it’s sort of a condensed way of summing up all those kinds of actions and Precepts.

        It’s a very nice list, I like it.

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