if it is benefiting sentient beings

if it is benefiting sentient beings

Basically in Buddhism there is a something called ten non-virtues deed. ??? like killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, anyway ten of them. Bodhisattvas are not allowed to have three mental covetousness, harmful thought and wrong view. Bodhisattvas are not allowed to have this three. Because it doesn’t make sense, you can’t have for the benefit of sentient beings you can’t have wrong view. For the benefit of sentient beings you can’t have a harmful thought. It doesn’t make sense. Other than that, bodhisattvas are, if it is benefiting sentient beings, if you don’t do it, you are actually, you are being a cowardly bodhisattva. It is bit like this. Okay in the shastras, a Shravakayana monk, not a Mahayana bodhisattva path, if somebody is being chased and his life is at stack, and he really comes to you and you are a lesser path practitioner, and he is really asking you, please save me because somebody is chasing me. So you will hide him. And then the second person comes and asks you: Have you seen this person. If you are a Shravakayana practitioner, usually what they say is thinking in your mind, you can think I am not seeing here – you can tell, you are not allowed to tell lies. So what you do is like, looking at something like I don’t know a box and say: No I haven’t seen. You understand.

Student: He is not inside the box.

Well you don’t want to spell it out because the second person will then – but bodhisattva, by all means all kind of incredible lies you can tell, if it is helping the sentient beings, with the right motivation of course. I hope you are not going to tell lies from now on.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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