Two Bodhicittas

68770965_2394711493958622_2632125880779931648_nBodhicitta is the mind for enlightenment (relative bodhicitta) and the mind of enlightenment (absolute bodhicitta). It is both the aspiration to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all, and the perfectly enlightened mind that benefits all sentient beings.

True samadhi, then, is the practice of aligning the mind that aspires to enlightenment with the mind that is already enlightened, our ever-present Buddha Nature.

Reciting the Name, invoking the absolute bodhicitta, is the mind for enlightenment, the relative bodhicitta. The more we practice Buddha recitation, the more we are mindful —we recognize, remember, and manifest— the mind of enlightenment, our Buddha Nature. —TN

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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2 Responses to Two Bodhicittas

  1. cheryla says:

    “of” and “for” – two tiny prepositions, easily confused. this mind is “for” and “of” enlightenment.
    this path is “of” and “for” the purpose to free all from suffering. in the relative world and absolute world beyond understanding, i use “of” and “for” to guide my way. (i am made OF enlightenment and i use if FOR the benefit of all??? )
    thank you for this passage. cheryla

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