Bodhisattvas 101

“Traditionally, a bodhisattva is anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings”   – Wikipedia

“Look hard and you will see bodhisattvas everywhere…there are countless unknown bodhisattvas  everywhere whose work expresses their love, compassion and deep commitment to the world.  Their hearts are full of love, and they are not interested in consuming many things.  They want to live simply in order to have time and energy to support others.
They are everywhere…. They are living around you in flesh and blood.  They have much energy, understanding and compassion and we can benefit from being near them.

Great beings , bodhisattvas cannot be recognized by their outer appearance.   Sometimes they are small children who bring us much joy.

Our own children and our friends are bodhisattvas.

Sometimes they make us suffer, but they also help us to grow in love and understanding”

—-Thich Nhat Hanh                                    


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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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