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Lecture 15

01:840:211 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Bodhicitta, Mahayana


Department
Religion
Course Code
01:840:211
Professor
Lammerts
Lecture
15

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Bodhisatta:
- Have to be within the physical 8 conditions to go on the path for the ten perfections. After
accomplishing the ten perfections, they have achieved the opportunity to become a
Buddha, NOT REACHED BUDDHAHOOD YET.
- When he who resolves for eventual meets the eight conditions, becomes a Bodhisatta
- Bodhisatta means “Enlightenment being” “future Buddha”
- In Theravada tradition, bodhisattvas are reborn as humans, gods, and even animals but
never as anything gendered female (THEY SAID ANIMALS ARE MORE IMPORTANT
THAN WOMEN)
- Different name and being after each birth
Bodhisattva path:
- The process of perfecting the 10 perfections
- Entire Bodhisatta path of perfecting takes many years and lifetimes
Bodhicitta:
- the intention to awaken to life in order to help others awaken to life.
- to attain enlightenment motivated by great compassion for all sentient beings, accompanied by
a falling away of the attachment to the illusion of an inherently existing self.
- "mind of enlightenment", it is the compassionate aspiration to achieve Buddhahood in order to
liberate all beings in the universe from suffering. The development of bodhicitta makes one a
bodhisattva. Bodhicitta may also be defined as the union of compassion and wisdom
- “Awakening mind” one of the basic elements of becoming Buddha in Mahayana
- May arise as the result of the past life good karma, ritual practice, or mental purification.
All living beings are thought to possess this capacity to develop their bodhicitta
- Something that only arises at a particular stage of religious development
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