Deus non alligatur. God is not bound. Nibbanam paramam sukham. Unbinding is the Highest Happiness. The Heart is Divinity. God is the primal radiance of Divinity. Nature is the primal manifestation of Divinity. The Buddha is the primal realization of Divinity. La ilaha il Allah. Allah is Complete Wholeness.

10 May 2007

Bodhisattva Vow

The passions of delusion are inexhaustible. I vow to extinguish them all at once.

The number of beings is endless. I vow to help save them all.

The Truth cannot be told. I vow to tell it.

The Way which cannot be followed is unattainable. I vow to attain it.

-- Bodhisattva Vow

3 comments:

Chandira said...

Google ate my lst comment, so let's see if I can get this one to stick..

I have questions about the part of the Bodhisattva vow that mentions delaying Enlightenment.. Any thoughts on that? I'd be interested..

I can't see how delaying it would help, and that if you are Enlightened, the 'other beings' all stop being 'other' anyway. ??

Would love your opinion on that one.. I wrote a post about it if you have a moment to stop by.

:-)

Chandira said...

DS, thank you!
I have far more empathy with Tibetan style Buddhism than the Theravedans. That never made any sense to me, as for me, the Enlightened One is the one that can offer most help, (or even the only kind of help that really matters), and that's always been the case. So I never saw the point in delaying it at all, even if it could be delayed, which I very much doubt. These things just 'happen' when and as they will, by Grace, and not through our choosing, in my experience.
:-)
I appreciate your reply.

Dharmashaiva said...

The funny thing is that, if you talk to some Theravadan realizers who actually meditate intensively, they will say that the Buddhas are indeed still actively helping people; but this claim is rejected by other monks who point to the Theravadan scriptures, which are really mute on what a Buddha does after passing away. But, of course, just because the texts don't say something, doesn't mean that what they don't say, doesn't happen. :-)