Posted by Thank you Savaka (220.127.116.11) on November 08, 2000 at 19:01:23:
In Reply to: Re: The Bodhisattva path posted by Savaka on November 08, 2000 at 14:08:42:
Thank you Savaka.
And I strongly believe that whether Arhats are fully enlightened or not is up to which school we follow. I also have been taught that Arhats are not fully enlightened, they only "rest" in the tranquility of Nirvana and someone a Buddha will wake them up to make them practise Bodhisattva...hmmmmm...I respect different beliefs. It is just that I find this kind of saying a little sectarian, i.e. certain tradition can say so, another tradition can also say something opposite.
So I am not here to change anybody's mind, no. But please let me say that one who strives for personal liberation is at least very honest, while when we talk about Bodhicitta, I think we should all remember what makes up Bodhicitta...I have carefully examined this and have consulted a monk who said renounciation is still a very important key, because one can say that he has the Bodhicitta while at the same time he is still attached to Samsara and wanna enjoy...
Bodhicitta is definitely very precious. I have no question about it. I only questioned that within our traditions where something is so frequently emphasized, one may go for it more or less out of his basic instinct. However, Bodhicitta needs to be actualized, one has to have a extremely strong motivation to practise the Bodhisattva way (just look up those suttas and Mahayana sutras)...if I ask myself that question...whether I have such a strong motivation or not? Then I'll know there's still a long way to go...
Thank you Savaka and also thanks all.
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