Volume 4  No 1

The Bodhisattva Path

Emulating the Bodhisattva
By Venerable Shen-Kai

  1. Without practising the Bodhisattva Path, one will not be enlightened. One attains enlightenment by practising the Bodhisattva Path.

  2. What is a Bodhisattva? "Bodhisattva" means "having feelings and awakened". Human beings are sentient beings because they have feelings. Sentient beings having awakened is called "having feelings and awakened". When we are learning to be Bodhisattvas, we need to constantly maintain our brightness and awareness, and widely practise the Bodhisattva Path. That is called "awakening other sentient beings".

  3. The Bodhisattva Path is the Enlightenment Path. To follow the Bodhisattva Path, one first has to aspire for enlightenment for oneself and for all beings. Having this aspiration, one needs to cultivate and attain enlightenment. It is only when one is enlightened that all his thoughts and actions can be considered to be on the Bodhisattva Path.

  4. Because all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas posses great compassion, learning Buddhism means learning and practising the great compassion of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

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