in order to enlighten sentient beings

in order to enlighten sentient beings

Now for the Mahayana and therefore for the Vajrayana there is an extra discipline. The extra discipline is ???, the discipline of benefiting others. And this is what actually, I love the Indian thinking. So amazing. Even, forget Buddhism, even the standard Indian, what you call it, concept of strategy in our life so to speak, I am generalizing this, I am simplifying this so much. Just this is very, this are Indian thinking, and the Indian thinking always have this kind of treasure, I think it is a treasure, which is like in the Arthashastra of Chāṇakya , he said: In order to have a fulfilling life, you have to have four strategy. You should have fun he says, you should have fun. You should have money to have fun. And you should have the discipline to have the money and the fun. Now this much I think everybody got it. But what we forgot is the fourth one which is so important. The fourth one is moksha, and the end of the day one who is trying to have fun, one who is trying to make money to have fun, one who is trying to have discipline to have fun and making money, they must realize, none of this works. This you have to realize. And this is, similarly here also it is like that. In the Mahayana, we have the discipline of refraining from doing wrong things and thinking wrong things. We have a discipline of gathering doing right things and all the enlightened qualities and all of that. But for Mahayana, for the Bodhisattva, even more importantly you have to have a discipline that if it is benefiting others, if it is to enlighten others, the two other discipline must be erased. In order to enlighten sentient beings, other sentient beings, if you don’t lie – let’s say if you are lying can enlighten somebody, big lie, not small lies like I haven’t seen him, you know not like that. Very very big lies. The only three things that you are not allowed to is covetous mind, harmful mind and wrong view. Other than that, anything is acceptable. If you don’t do it actually, if you don’t steal, rob a bank even, and if it is benefiting sentient beings, benefiting meaning not just to give them food and clothing or shelter, enlightening sentient beings.

Outer, Inner and Secret Refuge, London 2010