The Aspiration Is What Counts

“Beginning students commonly ask how they can honestly vow to save all beings. It sounds like missionary arrogance. [7th-century Chan monk] Hui-neng offers a response: “You are saving them in your own mind.” It is bodhicitta that you are cultivating—your own aspiration for wisdom and compassion, and your determination to practice it in the world as best you can.”

—Robert Aitken, “The Bodhisattva Vows”

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