bodhicitta and nonduality

bodhicitta and nonduality

Emotions such as love and compassion is something that we can get used to. We can cultivate. We can invest. And then through the love and compassion, because of the sense of empathy, sense of equality, it can bring the understanding of nonduality.
When we talk about bodhicitta, we have to talk about the nonduality. Bodhicitta without the nonduality is not a bodhicitta. Without the nonduality, without that, it is just not possible. It is not possible at all. But the moment you understand the nonduality, or in other words dependent arising, then, you know up to now when we say all sentient beings, when we say all, we have an interpretation of all. What does that mean? All the Chinese, all the Indians. That is already making quite a lot. All the Brazilians, all the Indonesians. So in our mind, all means – you know there is a very good Tibetan word called ???. ???, measureless, it is beyond measure. But the moment we talk about measureless, automatically we think in terms of something big, which is wrong. ??? is not big. All in Buddhism has nothing to do with all, big. Big, infinite. All has to be accompanied with the view, emptiness. If you understand the emptiness, the meaning of the all has changed. So then when you know these things, then bodhicitta, which is the mind to help all sentient beings, is not an idealistic Lala Land policy. It is doable. If you do for one minute, it has an one minute success. If you do it for one month, it has its own month effect.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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