Two Main Causes for Buddhahood
|English||method (i.e. bodhichitta)||wisdom (the correct view of emptiness)|
Renunciation, the third of the three principal paths, is the preliminary or prerequisite for bodhichitta. If one isn’t concerned with freedom from one’s own suffering, one won’t see the need to free others.
We call it method and wisdom. They’re called the 2 wings of the bird. If you don’t have two wings you can’t fly, here’s method, here’s wisdom. Method is Bodhisattva’s training, training as a bodhisattva basically. Wisdom is the understanding of emptiness. If you don’t have these two you can’t fly, you’ll never make it. So, “method” is a code word for the activities and thinking of a bodhisattva, “wisdom” is wisdom okay (Geshe Michael Roach, 2019)
Two Bodies of a Buddha
|English||Dharma body||Form body|
|Sanskrit||dharma kaya (refers to mind)||rupa kaya (emanation body of a Buddha)|
The Bases for these bodies
|Tibetan||YE-SHE KYI TSOK||SU-NAM KYI TSOK|
|English||YE-SHE: wisdom, KYI: of, TSOK: collection||SU-NAM: merit, KYI: of, TSOK: collection|
|Definition||The collection of wisdom is the basis for the Dharmakaya||The collection of merit is the basis for the Rupakaya (which is the Sambhogakaya plus the Nirmakaya|
Our Buddha nature is the emptiness of our mind. There is no other Buddha nature or Buddha seed waiting to be uncovered.
Obstacles to becoming a Buddha
|English||SHE: knowledge, TSOK: obstacle||NYON: bad thought, Drip: obstacle|
|Definition||Obstacles to knowledge prevent you from Buddhahood||The obstacles of bad thoughts prevent you from nirvana|
When they are removed, you will become a Buddha. You comprehend all objects of knowledge simultaneously. A Buddha is omniscient but not omnipotent.
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