Our brief interpretations of the bodhisattva path are only a means of suggesting for dharma travelers to receive a portion of the world of Vairocana, even for a few brief moments, that is worth it. so precious.
When it comes to bodhisattva conduct, there are many sutras with different descriptions, such as the Diamond Sutra, the Prajnaparamita, the Lotus Sutra, the Dharma Flower, and the Oriental Equanimity.
The first step, from shravaka through bodhisattva conduct, takes the prajna sutra as the standard, because the Buddha taught that when cultivating shravaka or pratyekabuddha to the culmination of attaining arahantship, the wise practitioner will switch to bodhisattva practice Taoism teaches sentient beings, called the new self-liberation. Dac La Han is finished studying and then practicing the bodhisattva practice in life is to find someone with predestined conditions to teach.
Through the Prajnaparamita Sutra, in my opinion also comes from the wisdom according to the Theravada sutra, which is precepts of concentration. When wisdom is born, the practitioner takes wisdom as his life. The Prajnaparamita Sutra teaches the contemplation of Emptiness, letting go of everything, mainly letting go of afflictions so that the mind is still. And practicing the Bodhisattva path in the spirit of selflessness and selflessness, so being sad, angry, afraid, right or wrong, does not affect the practitioner’s mind, is to enter Prajna.
And the Mahayana developed to the culmination of the Lotus Sutra, which teaches the bodhisattvas. The main job of a bodhisattva is to think of others, to forget himself, to integrate his small self into the great self of society, heaven and earth, to realize the Dharma body of Buddha Shakyamuni.
In volume 7, the Lotus Sutra, the Buddha talked about the merits of four typical Bodhisattvas: Dieu Am, Avalokitesvara, Dieu Ornament and Universal Virtue. Each Bodhisattva has a different conduct, for us to apply and practice following. The beginning is the Bodhisattva Miraculous Sound. When the Buddha preached the Lotus Sutra, 84,000 lotus flowers appeared, signaling that the Bodhisattva Miraculous Sound from the Eastern world was about to come to meet the Buddha.
Bodhisattva Dieu Am appeared in life through the image of 84,000 lotus flowers to remove 84,000 afflictions of living beings. In other words, all the desires and sufferings of sentient beings are innumerable, no matter what form, His Excellency Miao Yin also has corresponding dharmas to help them eliminate.
In addition, Bodhisattva Guan Yin is also mentioned. According to the spirit of no-self, he does not have a fixed shape, but in the sutras described as Guanyin, there are 32 incarnations. Cultivation does not have a fixed pattern, because if it is fixed, there is bound to be contact with the wrong person, with the wrong time. Indian Buddhism was also destroyed because it was not suitable in the 12th century, at that time it was not the period when Buddhism was at its peak like when the Buddha was alive.
And the Bodhisattva practice in the Lotus Sutra has been developed in very specific detail in the Lotus Sutra. Indeed, the Lotus Sutra outlines the Bodhisattva’s path through 52 stages of practice, namely the Ten Faiths, the Ten Pillars, the Ten Actions and the Ten Dedications, step by step to the Bodhisattva of the Ten Grounds or the Ten Saints. And must complete ten levels of cultivation in the Saints are Bodhisattvas Equally Enlightened, waiting to become Buddhas, ie Nhat born and complement the bodhisattva.
Bodhisattva of Ten Faiths
Initiation according to Hoa Nghiem begins with the practitioner’s belief that must be firm, of course there are many thorns that the Lotus Sutra calls 500 due to the dangerous journey of life and death. That is, from generating Bodhicitta to attaining Buddhahood, practitioners will encounter countless demonic obstacles. but the meditator is not afraid, because he believes in the protection of Buddha’s power, believes in the correct practice of his practice, and uses the wisdom of Prajna to see what is worth doing, he does not care about life or death. The meditator’s faith is firmly established through the ten stages called the Ten Faiths.
And if the mind is stable, then stepping through the Ten Pillars will certainly not be shaken by life, but also turn life into a tool for making the way, turning evil into a dharma guide. Showing this principle fully is that the Buddha transformed the pagans into his disciples, which is the bodhisattva’s spirit according to the Mahayana.
The Ten Pillars of Bodhisattvas
Mahayana bodhisattvas practice the six perfections of giving, morality, patience, diligence, meditation, and wisdom, which is the Bodhisattva of Prajna. But Huayen’s bodhisattva practices the Ten Paramitas consisting of the six perfections just mentioned plus the four perfections of means, vows, power, and wisdom.
A bodhisattva must have the means, because without the means it is impossible to do. And there are means, there must be vows, ie want to do or not; Because there are means to do it, but if you don’t want to do it, but just want to have peace of mind, even though the Buddha Dharma needs it, it will also be damaged.
Stepping through the Paramita force, the meditator wants to do it but can’t do it or not. To want and do it, one must have the power of Paramita. Wanting but not doing is called the force of heart failure. Practitioners develop the power to do anything.
And the tenth perfection is wisdom. Prajnaparamita is only the knowledge gained through the practice of meditation, of course, which is different from the knowledge gained by experience in the life of doing the way. Therefore, the Perfection of Wisdom in the Flower Adornment Sutra is called the Necessity of Wisdom through the process of teaching and transforming sentient beings.
The ten pillars are the abiding of the mind in the bodhisattva path and the practice of ten perfections is called the bodhisattva abiding from cause and effect, practicing following the great bodhisattvas. Developing a mind to practice seeing the scriptures do so, practitioners follow, but some people can do it, some people can’t. People can do it thanks to conditions. People who can’t do it because they only have the will to do it, but lack the conditions, they encounter obstacles. Knowledge, good health, and good people to cooperate with are the three necessary conditions for practicing the bodhisattva path.
The Theravada sutras speak of the ten perfections and the Mahayana sutras also speak of the ten perfections, but the analysis is different. Theravada sutras say that the ten perfections are the process of cultivating the bodhisattva path of Buddha Shakyamuni. This tells us that bhikkhus cultivate the shravaka path, so only attaining arahantship is the highest, while the Buddha cultivates the bodhisattva path. Understanding that, leaving home to practice according to the Vinaya, we have to go through the process of training from Tu-da-turn to Tu-da-ham and An-a-ham being the three sages and arahants. is a Saint.
But the Flower Adornment Sutra, which develops the sage, includes 30 levels of Bodhisattvas of the Ten Pillars, the Decades of Conduct, and the Ten Dedications. To the Bodhisattva of the Ten Grounds, there are ten levels of Saints. According to Theravada sutras, there are three sages and only one saint.
If you can penetrate into the practice of the Bodhisattva of the Ten Pillars, if the mind has settled in the Tathagata’s house, no matter what the external circumstances, the practitioner’s mind will be at peace. Only here can we practice the Bodhisattva Way and teach sentient beings. Practicing the bodhisattva way, practitioners like to make people enjoy and endure the evil deeds poured out on them.
Once upon a time, there was a Patriarch called Bodhisattva Guanyin who appeared, he entered the world to teach sentient beings. He had a special feature that people scolded and humiliated him, his mind was unaffected, unchanged and some people were so bad that they poured a bucket of dung on his head. Reading his biography, I always haunted this, thinking about the person who poured feces on my head was of course scared. Brothers who develop the mind to practice the bodhisattva path must anticipate such terrible things. This Patriarch still peacefully wears a bucket of manure and says that a large dung bucket has a small one! That is, he visualized the body of the four elements as a walking stool, or a leather bag containing unclean things. With such a mature visualization, the Ancestors are naturally at the disposal of the buckets of dung.
In my opinion, the saying of the Patriarch that a large bucket of manure is worn with a small one means that we practice the Bodhisattva Way, we accept the bad things that are poured out on us. Evil is concretized by the bucket of manure. People who do bad things and then blame themselves. Practitioners entering the world must think about this. Being blamed for bad things that teachers can tolerate and are determined to do is to practice the bodhisattva way. If you can’t stand it, you will withdraw, return to Thanh Van, and not be involved in life anymore. Because life is multifaceted, but when we come out of this world, we are not involved in life.
In life, you must have endurance to practice the Bodhisattva path. Therefore, Bodhisattva Samantabhadra said very sweetly, “For me, my heart is always happy”. That is, happily accept the bad things poured out on you, because the Bodhisattva’s practice is to endure the suffering of sentient beings to make offerings to the Buddha. They blame the bodhisattva, because they do not have the strength or dare to accept it, so the bodhisattva is happy and confident in practicing the way, but if they are blamed for bad things, they are upset and angry, then they will fall.
In the Lotus Sutra, Pho Hien asserts that: “For me, my heart is always happy. May I often see the Tathagatas. And bodhisattvas surrounded the Buddha. I make offerings to all four things. Forever the future is not boring”. Therefore, without regressing from the bodhisattva’s conduct, just like that, progress in cultivation despite difficulties. But through this difficult journey, we develop the mind, that is, thanks to the challenge, we can train our mind.
The beak touches the fish turns into a dragon, because this fish sees the waterfall as jumping over, representing the endurance of resilient people. Every day, when we play the fishing tackle, seeing the fish touch it reminds us to try to overcome difficulties and those who are determined to overcome a difficult task must prepare to overcome the next greater difficulty.
Bodhisattva of the Cross and Dedication
The Bodhisattva’s conduct has two parts: self-practice and transformation. The Bodhisattva of the Ten Pillars is more focused on self-practice, but through the Bodhisattva of the Ten Actions, he has firmly established his mind and then thought of saving people, practicing the Bodhisattva Way of taking advantage of others as the main thing. Therefore, when the mind is not stable, the merit is not yet available, but the results cannot be achieved.
The Bodhisattva of the Ten Paramitas is an apprentice bodhisattva who learns while working. Must do with the teacher with friends to be led up, do it alone. Therefore, to practice the Bodhisattva path must have Bodhi relatives, and the Bodhisattvas should rely on each other to do it. The Bodhisattvas of the Ten Practices have both done and learned from experience, so they need a teacher to direct, assign work and encounter difficulties, new practitioners ask the teacher for guidance.
When attaining joy in everything that happens, and the practitioner’s mind remains unchanged, stepping through the practice of the Bodhisattva’s Ten Actions is a non-violent action.
The practice we try to solve the non-violation is the practice of the Bodhisattva. It’s normal for people to know, we know. The achievement that people don’t know is inconceivable that we can solve. Mr. Tri Gia called it indifferent to birth and death of the Four Truths.
First, arising and passing away the Four Noble Truths that we understand are normal. But now going through the second step is the thoughtlessness of birth and death The Four Truths, being in the world of birth and death but not understanding why…