The Foundations of the Spiritual Path - 4/6

If we have this authentic motivation in mind, every time we listen to teachings, when we reflect on their meaning and when we practice them in meditation, then we are certainly following the bodhisattva path that leads directly to enlightenment. When we practice the Buddha's teachings we should always have a clear idea present in our mind that we will bring our practice to its conclusion, without giving up half way. This means continuing until we have truly attained the ultimate goal, the state of enlightenment and the capacity to establish all beings in this same state. This commitment needs a great deal of courage and resolution of mind.

One has to persevere without doubting one's ability to realise enlightenment and establish all beings in this state. When we commit ourselves to the path to enlightenment, a deep confidence should be cultivated. If we constantly keep this pure motivation in mind, our spiritual activity as well as our daily activities all become perfect means for attaining enlightenment.

If our mind is turned continually towards asking how we can be of assistance to others, we no longer have to worry about our own welfare, as it is spontaneously realised as a result of this openness. Furthermore, through applying the methods destined for helping others, we also develop progressively towards realising the ultimate nature of mind. This realisation of the true nature of mind enables us to manifest in diverse forms and innumerable situations in order to help beings. In this way we become a buddha with the ability of manifesting this realisation in the aspects of the formal bodies or kayas which work for the benefit of beings.

We may wonder if completely forgetting all self-interest and devoting ourselves exclusively to the welfare of others will truly lead us to enlightenment. There should be no doubt about this. The perfect example is Buddha Shakyamuni who abandoned every type of personal concern in order to totally dedicate himself to realising enlightenment.

 

He said :' The childish think only of their self interest and wander in the cycle of existences. The wise think only of the welfare of others and attain enlightenment.'

(English translation of an extract from the book
'Mahamoudra', éditions J C Lattès)

 

 

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