Definitions

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  • n. In Mahayana Buddhism, the intense ontological aspiration to save all beings by following the bodhisattva path to enlightenment.
  • n. The bodhisattva path to nirvana.

Etymologies

Sanskrit, meaning  ("mind of enlightenment") or  ("spirit of awakening"), from बोधि (bodhi, "awakening, enlightenment") + चित्त (cittá, "mind, spirit, reason etc."). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His Holiness explains the seed of bodhicitta, which is the biologically innate compassion (the love that binds social animals together); aspects of attachment and aversion required for biological survival; and tantric meditations that take anger (but not ill will) into the path.

    Nagarjuna's Bodhichitta Commentary

  • His Holiness explains the seed of bodhicitta, which is the biologically innate compassion (the love that binds social animals together); aspects of attachment and aversion required for biological survival; and tantric meditations that take anger (but not ill will) �into the path�.

    Nagarjuna's Bodhichitta Commentary

  • Note that compassion and loving kindness are by themselves not what is known as bodhicitta; instead, they are the basis from which bodhicitta develops.

    Integral Options Cafe

  • It's actually my hope that someday "bodhicitta" will become a common and well-known part of our spiritual lexicon.

    Dreaming Of Danzan Ravjaa

  • We see this root term in words such as "bodhisattva" (literally enlightenment-being) or "bodhicitta" (the thought of enlightenment).

    Lewis Richmond: A Cultural History Of The Word 'Enlightenment'

  • His Holiness discusses using the method path to complement meditations on emptiness; the short term benefits of bodhicitta practice; clairvoyance; the long-term project of gradually purifying and ripening through sustained effort.

    Nagarjuna's Bodhichitta Commentary

  • His Holiness explains the importance of the post-meditation practice of viewing all phenomena in daily life as illusion-like and how this practice will increase positive mental qualities such as compassion and bodhicitta while simultaneously decreasing the perceptions of independent existence (the grasping mind that generates afflictive emotions), and how to use this wisdom to complement the method practices of generosity, etc.

    Nagarjuna's Bodhichitta Commentary

  • Holiness answers audience questions addressing the situation of Tibet, goal of bodhicitta, nature of enlightened mind, future of the Dalai Lama institution, compatibility of Buddhist practices with theistic faith, universal purpose of human life, practice of patience towards harm-doers, subtle energy and mind, and the Heart Sutra mantra.

    Nagarjuna's Bodhichitta Commentary

  • His Holiness expounds on the keys to practicing loving compassion and the marvelous qualities of bodhicitta.

    Nagarjuna's Bodhichitta Commentary

  • He urges the students to recognize the errors of grasping at true existence and to counter those with the integrated practices of bodhicitta, wisdom and skillful means.

    Nagarjuna's Bodhichitta Commentary

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