Bodhisattva Attitude: How to Dedicate Your Life to Others, the first in Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives newest Heart Advice series, is unique because it is based from Lama Zopa Rinpoches experiential heart advice. Focusing specifically on bodhichitta, the altruistic determination to achieve enlightenment for the sole purpose of enlightening all sentient beings, the book is not merely about what bodhichitta is and why one should develop it, but rather it is about how it can be developed and integrated into every moment of ones life.
Bodhisattva Attitude has four sections. The first contains verses written by Shantideva, arranged by the great lama Kachen Yeshe Gyaltsen and with very slight modifications by Rinpoche, to be read each morning and lived throughout the day. The second and third parts comprise teachings on four motivations and the actual motivations themselves, complied according to Rinpoches advice and keeping closely to his words. The fourth and final part is an extensive appendix containing a remarkable amount of materials to support the understanding and practice of the previous motivations, including mantras, additional prayers, and mindfulness exercises to transform ordinary activities into spiritual practice.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of this book is that it is edited in such a way as to preserve the readers sense that Rinpoche is directly giving counsel: Pray to become healing for sentient beings like this great medicine. Then pray to become like a wish-granting tree. It is great to pray to become like this for sentient beings. When you need to abbreviate the verses even more, you can just read these last two verses. Even that much is very good. This sense of receiving Rinpoches direct advice, even though through an indirect medium, is truly a generous editorial decision.
And perhaps even more generous, the students of Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore have sponsored the books production, allowing the first printing 6,000 copies to be offered freely to the public.
Paperback, 2012 edition, 266 pages.
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Click here to get Taking the Essence - the companion practice text for this bookcontainingthe morning motivations, bodhichitta mindfulness and the other skillful methods taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Bodhisattva Attitude in an easy-to-practice format.
Also consider taking Living in the Path Module 1: Motivation for Life and Module 2: Taking the Essence to receive these teachings from Rinpoche himself, as taught at the Light of the Path retreat in 2009.
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