Bodhicitta: Cultivating the Compassionate Mind of Enlightenment

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Shambhala - Religion
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One is unlikely ever to receive a Tibetan Buddhist teaching on either sutra or tantra in which Bodhicitta does not have a central role. Bodhicitta, the compassionate mind which aspires to attain full enlightenment in order to benefit beings, is the very quintessence of the Mahayana path of Buddhist practice. In this practical handbook, Ven. Lobsang Gyatso describes the classical methods for developing the mind of enlightenment and based on his experience as a meditator and a teacher examines a wide range of obstacles to its development.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Translators Introduction
9
The Stages of Meditation on the Precious
13
Introduction to the Training
15
Recognizing Beings as Having Been Our
21
Recalling the Kindness of Beings
27
Resolving to Repay the Kindness of Others
31
Affectionate Love
35
Identifying the Selfcentered Attitude
57
The Shortcomings of the Selfcentered Attitude
61
The Qualities of the Othercherishing Mind
65
General Presentation of Equalizing and Exchanging Self and Others
69
The Actual Way to Meditate on Equalizing and Exchanging Self and Others
73
Practice in Conjunction with the Cittamatrin
85
The Qualities of Great Compassion and
101
The Twentytwo Types of Bodhicitta
123

Compassion
41
Developing the Special Intention
45
Mind Generation Directed toward Supreme Enlightenment
53

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