A Buddhist Journal

September 12, 2006

Bodhichitta –

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Bodhichitta: An attitude of compassion towards other beings   
that can be aroused through contemplation and meditation.


On Bodhicitta, The Compassionate Heart of the Enlightened Mind   

It is the supreme elixir   
That overcomes the sovereignty of death.    

It is the inexhaustible treasure   
That eliminates poverty in the world.  

It is the supreme medicine   
That quells the world’s disease.    

It is the tree that shelters all beings   
Wandering and tired on the path of conditioned existence.      

It is the universal bridge   
That leads to freedom from unhappy states of birth.     
It is the dawning moon of the mind   
That dispels the torment of disturbing conceptions.     

It is the great sun that finally removes the misty ignorance of the world.                  
~ from Bodhisattvacharya Avatara by Shantideva (700 CE)        


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