Modern Day Bodhisattva

Encouragement for Our Bodhisattva Intention: Part 1 - Being Willing

Often times we don't want to live up to our responsibilities in life, we feel a sense of "burden" and "intrinsic-ness". But the process of meditation is not like carrying a backpack of rocks all day long. It is actually a huge un-burdening! Most of the time, the rucksack, the rocks, the day, and the journey, are all seemingly very real. The sense of burden and suffering actually comes from that feeling of realness. I encourage you to appreciate your lives, as well as the duties and responsibilities to serve others joyfully. It is your stepping-stone to being a bodhisattva. In this way, being a bodhisattva in the world becomes easy.

Working with Others: The Four Magnetisms (Part 3)

You have to follow your own advice so that people can trust you. Decency and self respect are two important qualities to cultivate. Both these qualities involve intelligently restraining your actions: one out of self-respect and integrity; and the other out of concern for others. By cultivating self-respect and decency you honor and uphold integrity in the world and in your own mind.

Working with Others: The Four Magnetisms (Part 2)

If you comment on a difficult situation with a harsh, cutting tone, or if aggression is mixed in with your speech, then although that troubled person may see your point, your words won’t ease their mental tension. So watch your own frustrations, judgments, and shortcomings carefully and try and speak in ways that eases the mind of the other person.

Exchange as the Key: Stages of the Practice (Part 2)

We need to gradually shift our focus from "me" to "they". We might as well work consciously to make this transformation now, instead of waiting until we're older or ill, and impermanence forces us to let go. This transformation through exchange can give us a tangible sense of freedom, sustaining us in peace, joy, and freedom. Then however we end up, whatever situation our karma presents us, we won't be lonely and resentful. If we look at all the world's problems—in geopolitics, economics, environmental issues, family structures, or in your relationships with family and friends—the cause of the problem is this lack of exchange.

Being A Lamp For Others

Addressing our most common striving, Rinpoche prompts us to examine how we pursue lasting contentment. As an introduction to his vision of a modern day bodhisattva, he counsels us to make use of our life as an intentional training ground, through daily "field trips," and inspires us to become beacons—"small lamps" for everyone we meet.

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