ultimate bodhicitta

ultimate bodhicitta

Now for the ultimate bodhicitta. Now ultimate bodhicitta is you know, we were talking yesterday, in Buddhism wisdom should be emphasized. Wisdom is above everything. That is very much what we are saying when we are talking about ultimate bodhicitta. There is a relative bodhicitta which is the wish to enlighten all the sentient beings. Not just giving them some food or drinks. Not just save them from temporary suffering. But really take them to the enlightenment. But the ultimate bodhicitta is absolutely necessary. Without the ultimate bodhicitta then relative bodhicitta will not work. Just now as I walked in someone asked me a related question which is good so I can explain to you now. See a bodhisattva, when he or she is helping sentient beings, this bodhisattva with the understand of relative and ultimate bodhicitta. Both. When we are talking about ultimate bodhicitta we are saying everything is emptiness, everything is just your perception, nothing exist externally. This information is so important. Remember we talked about the doctor yesterday, the doctor. Maybe not here, somewhere else, my mind has become like a ?jelly, so I don’t remember anything. See a psychiatrist, trying to help a crazy person, for this non bodhisattva psychiatrist, okay, psychiatrist that is not a bodhisattva or maybe a small time bodhisattva but not a bodhisattva who understands ultimate truth. This psychiatrist, the way he or she works with this crazy person is like this. As a psychiatrist, you develop a goal, saying: “Okay this man is crazy, this man is abnormal, I have to make him normal.” So I am just giving a very general example. And you develop a notion called normality. Through what? Through the books, through the educations, you know, coming from Mister Freud. Mister Freud has caused more problems than help sometimes. Mister Freud has designed a so called normalcy, normality. Every psychiatrist believes that that’s normality. And then the psychiatrist is helping and trying so hard to make this abnormal person, so called abnormal person, to reach to this normality. When in fact this person should be normal but normal in here. And different kind of normality. But the psychiatrist doesn’t accept this kind of normality because it was never written in the book. This wasn’t part of your degree in your university. And this was after all not taught by Mister Freud or Jung. So you end up making a normal person abnormal most of the time. And do you know why? Because most of this people think so called normalcy does exist truly. So called disease does exist truly. Whereas a bodhisattva who understands ultimate truth, for him or her so called normality and abnormality are all interdependent. There is no such thing as truly existing normality, truly existing abnormality. The only thing that is real peace is going beyond normality and abnormality which is the enlightenment. So that is sort a really general example of ultimate bodhicitta. And this ultimate bodhicitta must accompany with everything, even like lightening a lamp, candle.

The Three Levels of Perception, Singapore 2003

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