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‘Bodisattva’ made simple: Taking a vow to help others

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Marianne Elliott

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“Taking the bodhisattva vow to help others implies that, instead of
holding our own individual territory and defending it tooth and nail,
we become open to the world that we are living in. It means we are
willing to take on greater responsibility, immense responsibility. In
fact, it means taking a big chance. But taking such a chance is not
false heroism or personal eccentricity. It is a chance that has been
taken in the past by millions of bodhisattvas, enlightened ones, and
great teachers. So a tradition of responsibility and openness has been
handed down from generation to generation, and now we too are
participating in the sanity and dignity of this tradition.” 

                                 Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

– via Shambhala Sunspace and Ocean of Dharma, and found in The Pocket Chogyam Trungpa

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2 Responses to "‘Bodisattva’ made simple: Taking a vow to help others"

  1. Christianne says:

    Thank you for this. What a beautiful quote. I love this sense that we are stepping into a tradition of those who have gone before, and that this is a tradition of love and of expansiveness and of giving one’s self over toward the betterment of others and, ultimately, the world.

  2. I was led here (from a RT on twitter)…
    I like the implication of lineage.
    I struggle with the precepts and Boddhisatva vows, but I think that is the whole idea. If it were easy…
    As my Tibetan friends say, it boils down to being kind to all sentient beings and helping them be happy.
    You can read more about my journey, my association with the Tibetan community, and more at
    Nice to meet you. Have a blessed day.

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