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The difference between wishing to go and going
January 8th, 2018
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The difference between wishing to go and going

༈ བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དེ་མདོར་བསྡུས་ན། །
རྣམ་པ་གཉིས་སུ་ཤེས་བྱ་སྟེ། །
བྱང་ཆུབ་སྨོན་པའི་སེམས་དང་ནི། །
བྱང་ཆུབ་འཇུག་པ་ཉིད་ཡིན་ནོ། །

འགྲོ་བར་འདོད་དང་འགྲོ་བ་ཡི། །
བྱེ་བྲག་ཇི་ལྟར་ཤེས་པ་ལྟར། །
དེ་བཞིན་མཁས་པས་འདི་གཉིས་ཀྱི། །
བྱེ་བྲག་རིམ་བཞིན་ཤེས་པར་བྱ། །

Understand that, briefly stated, bodhicitta has two aspects: the mind aspiring to awaken, and actual application.

Just as one understands the difference between wishing to go and going on a journey, the wise should understand these two, recognizing their difference and their order.

Shantideva, Introduction to the Bodhisattva 's Way of Life ( Bodhicaryāvatāra )


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