Bodhisattvas are spiritual heroes.
HH Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi…
They make a difference in our world. We admire them.
What are their characteristics?
Compassion in Action
- Those who have great compassion feel an urgency to relieve the suffering of others. The kind thought, “May they be free from suffering” is not enough. We must engage in activities that will bring benefit. This action dimension of spiritual benefit is the bodhisattva path of engaged practice. The Buddha said that by the force of their wisdom bodhisattvas abandon all the delusions, and by the force of their compassionate activities they never abandon living beings. Compassion and wisdom are practiced in combination, through the six transcendent perfections: generosity, ethics, patience, joyous effort, meditative concentration and wisdom. Like the two wings of a butterfly, engaged compassion and wisdom become a vehicle for achieving our own and others’ highest benefit: total enlightenment. Let Rinpoche guide and inspire you on this bodhisattva path of compassionate action.
Audio – October 8, 2011: Compassion in Action
- How much do you do for others without asking anything in return? What is this mystical motivation to give selflessly, that means so much to you? Learn how to benefit others in a more balanced way that creates safer and happier dynamics for your spiritual development.
- Domo Geshe Rinpoche describes the ordinary selflessness of caring for others such as our mothers did without complaining. How that relates to more evolved dynamics of caring for all sentient beings as a bodhisattva hero can be damaged by regretting giving to others
Audio – April 8, 2008: Selfless Service
The Six Perfections
- Domo Geshe Rinpoche contrasts the six worldly societal perfections vs. the six inner Dharmic perfections of generosity, ethics, patience, joyous effort, meditative concentration and wisdom. She speaks of the outer perfections and how some of them originally came from interior being, such as inner wealth and inner beauty. She teaches that personal power seeking is the low road, and how bodhichitta and making yourself dear to the bodhisattvas is the high road.
Audio – June 29, 2004 : Six Worldly Perfections
More recorded programs on the way Bodhisattva Spiritual Heroes think and act in Thirty Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva series and commentary on Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life.
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