bodhicitta

bodhicitta

Bodhicitta, now that is the essence, the quintessence of the Mahayana teachings. Without that there is no Mahayana path. Really important. It is because of the bodhicitta a Bodhisattva never gets tired helping sentient beings. So in the bodhicitta – okay there is two kinds of bodhicitta, relative bodhicitta and the ultimate bodhicitta. Relative bodhicitta. Okay bodhicitta is not just wanting sentient beings to have some kind of a good time. Okay that is really kindergarten stuff. That everybody has. It is not just wanting them to have nice time. Bodhicitta is wishing the sentient beings to have enlightenment. Thus the subject is very big. If you keep on talking about it, I will never reach Johor Baru tonight I think. Anyway I want to clarify something here. Just out of my experience. You know sometimes we go to see the lamas and then some of these lamas are so gentle, so soft. And they don’t scold the student who has so much ego, so much pride, so much jealousy. They are so nice to them. And what do we say? “Oh he is a great bodhisattva. It is because of his bodhicitta he has been so compassionate. But I can’t stand this guys.” I think it is a good example. This kind of thing intrigues me because I don’t know whether the lama is a great bodhisattva or not. Sometimes you go and see these lamas, some lamas, who doesn’t give a damn about what people think or what his disciple – okay he might scold this disciple. Not for some petty things but because he wants to destroy his ego and pride. And he is risking it because he might lose his disciple by scolding. Okay next door there is a very good Rinpoche, who is gentle, soft, and all that. And this Rinpoche is going like this. Scolding, grill him and minced him. Risking, there is a big risk because he might go to the other. But this Rinpoche doesn’t care, he says what he needs to say. He says what the student needs to hear not what the student wants to hear. I think he is a bodhisattva. Why? I was talking about bodhicitta, remember. Bodhicitta is not just a wish to make someone sort of happy and give him a lollipop. It’s not that. Bodhicitta is really concentrating on making the other person get rid of their ego, pride, and all these emotions and make him reach enlightenment. And what is enlightenment? CCL [couldn’t care less], absence of paranoia. Remember? Bodhicitta is a wish to cut the chain of this unnecessary formalities and just all this rituals and habitual patterns and inhibitions. I mean inhibitions, that is right, that is the right word. We have so much inhibitions. First of all we have inhibitions as a human being. Secondly we have an inhibition as a Chinese, then we have an inhibition as a Buddhist. We have then inhibitions as Mahayana Buddhist. All kind of inhibitions. We collect more and more inhibitions and each time we collect the inhibitions are more sophisticated. Sophisticated inhibitions means more difficult to overcome inhibitions. That is what we do. So you know what I mean. A bodhicitta is a wish to enlighten others. That is a relative bodhicitta anyway. It is very necessary, amazing, so special. Without that Mahayana has no path.

The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003