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Meditation/Practice Instruction

Teacher: His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche,
Venue: Online Teaching,
Year: 2021

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, bestowed this teaching by video on April 4, 2021, at the request of Fundación Sakya, Spain.

An individual enters the Mahāyāna when he or she produces bodhicitta, the resolve to attain buddhahood for the sake of all sentient beings. It is the essence of the Mahāyāna and the key to attaining ultimate enlightenment. The sūtras say that the Buddha Śākyamuni generated bodhicitta three countless eons before he finally attained buddhahood at Bodh Gaya in India.

In this succinct teaching, His Holiness introduces bodhicitta by explaining its meaning, its benefits, and its precepts. 

Source: This teaching was obtained from Sakya Drolma Phodrang.

We are always being reminded with having bodhicitta, the enlightened mind when receiving teachings or doing Dharma practices.

Why is bodhicitta so important? The goal is to practice for all sentient beings. How are sentient beings related to us?

Is receiving the bodhicitta vow necessary even if we have good motivation to benefit others?

In this teaching, His Holiness gives a comprehensive explanation about bodhicitta. May we all be inspired and always uphold this precious, supreme bodhicitta.