Friday, August 13, 2010

Dharma Quote - The Bodhisattva Path of Development

The Kalachakra in Context

by Geshe Lhundub Sopa
Roger Jackson
John Newman
foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama
edited by Beth Simon


Dharma Quote of the Week

A bodhisattva, having generated a sincere and spontaneous desire to attain full enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings, enters the Mahayana path of accumulation. Here the bodhisattva cultivates the four mindfulnesses and develops mental quiescence, then passes on to the path of application, where she or he strives for a conceptual insight into emptiness. When quiescence and insight are combined in examining emptiness, the bodhisattva attains a direct, non-conceptual realization of emptiness, and thus becomes an arya, on the path of seeing.

The path of seeing corresponds to the first of the ten bhumis, i.e. stages, levels, or grounds said to be traversed by a bodhisattva. The other nine bodhisattva stages are coextensive with the path of development, during the course of which the disciple completely eliminates not only the defilements that are obstacles to liberation but even the traces of defilement, which are obstacles to full enlightenment.

When the path of development is completed, the disciple is ready to enter the path of no-more-training; this marks the attainment of full enlightenment, the dharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakaya of an omniscient, compassionate, and powerful buddha.

--from The Wheel of Time: The Kalachakra in Context by Geshe Lhundub Sopa, Roger Jackson, John Newman, edited by Beth Simon, foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama, published by Snow Lion Publications

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