the biggest portion of the bodhicitta

the biggest portion of the bodhicitta

And also I think generally when people talk about religion, and religious practices, we do tend to talk about love, compassion, forgiveness. So somehow, and also in the west, of course many western religion like Christianity does seem to have all these elements. So immediately, when we talk about the bodhicitta, people tend to think bodhicitta is something to do with love and compassion, kindness. Of course, I am not saying that that is wrong. But this is not the end of the bodhicitta. In fact a big part of the bodhicitta is the nonduality. If you loose the nonduality aspect of the bodhicitta, actually if we loose the nonduality we have lost 99.99 aspect of the bodhicitta. We have lost. We may have a little bit of that smiling, touchy feeling kind of, I don’t know, do the right thing kind of bodhicitta. But yes, if we don’t have the nonduality, then we have lost big portion, really the biggest portion of the bodhicitta. And this is backed by lots of Sutras and Shastras. One of the Shastra that I am sure many of you have read such as Shantideva’s Bodhicharyavatara, right at the beginning of the ninth chapter Shantideva said: All these practices of the Bodhisattva practices such as discipline, mindfulness, meditation, vigilance, generosity, one pointed concentration, all of these are nothing, they are really nothing if it is not accompanied, or if it is not grounded to the prajna or the wisdom. But this is difficult as I was saying earlier. This is very difficult because, specially the nonduality as I am repeating again and again, it is not something that we can discuss, talk, demonstrate. The best we could do is to say a few words about it. Even though it is the most important part it is very difficult to express. So emotionally every time when we tempt to practice the bodhicitta we always end up holding on to the relative aspect of the bodhicitta which is usually love and compassion, all of that.

Teaching in Brighton, November 2010