Gomchen Lamrim review: Aspiring Bodhicitta

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Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa.

  • The difference between aspiring and engaged bodhicitta
  • Two ways of participating in the ritual
  • How to use the ethical code to train your mind
  • The benefits of bodhicitta and how to strengthen it daily
  • Never giving up on sentient beings

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94 The Gomchen Lamrim: Review of Aspiring Bodhicitta 06-02-17

Contemplation points

Venerable Tarpa reviewed the first four of the aspirational precepts, which help us to protect bodhicitta from degenerating in this life. Spend some time reflecting on each:

  1. Remember the advantages of bodhicitta repeatedly.
    • What are some of the advantages of bodhicitta? What does thinking about them do for your mind?
    • How might remembering the advantages protect your bodhicitta from degenerating?
  2. To strengthen bodhicitta, generate the aspiration three times in the morning and three times in the evening.
    • How might reciting the refuge and bodhicitta prayers in the morning and evening help protect your bodhicitta?
    • If you are already doing this, how has it benefitted your mind and practice?
  3. Do not give up working for sentient beings, even when they are harmful.
    • When you’re having a difficult time with others, what thoughts can you generate to counter the desire you have to give up on them?
    • Why is this point so important to the bodhisattva practice?
    • Venerable Tarpa clarified that if someone is pushing your buttons, its ok to stay away from them, but you can still hold them in your heart; remembering that they won’t always be like that. Think of people in your life that fall into this category. How can you create healthy boundaries while supporting and growing your bodhicitta?
    • Why does it protect your bodhicitta from degenerating in this life?
  4. To enhance your bodhicitta, accumulate both merit and wisdom continuously.
    • Why does accumulating merit protect bodhicitta from degenerating in this life?
    • Why does accumulating wisdom protect bodhicitta from generating in this life?

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