Thursday, February 18, 2016

Practice 37 is about dedicating all merits towards the enlightenment of all living beings

Verse 37 of the 37 Bodhisattva practises

To remove the sufferings of limitless beings
Understanding the purity of the three spheres
Dedicate the virtue from making such effort
to enlightenment
This is the practice of the Bodhisattvas



Geshe Tenzin Zopa said:

Practice 37 is about dedicating all merits towards the
enlightenment of all living beings.

Whatever form of bodhisattva conduct we engage in, we must
dedicate for it to be the complete cause to eradicate all sufferings
of numberless beings and to liberate them and bring them to
the state of full enlightenment.

When raising dedications, one should take care to dedicate
with the mind of bodhicitta (taking on the responsibility to
bring all beings to enlightenment by oneself alone) and a
mind of wisdom meditating on emptiness i.e. thinking that the
words of dedication, the person making the dedication and the
recipient of the dedication are all empty of inherent existence.
In so doing, even if a moment of anger arises subsequently, it
will not destroy the merits derived from the virtuous conduct.
Otherwise, even we gather a store of merits, if we allow anger
to arise, that anger can eradicate all past virtues that were not
“sealed’ with the emptiness-dedication. Such is the potency and
destructive nature of anger.

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