Bodhisattvas

In Mahayana Buddhism, bodhisattva is the Sanskrit term for anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings.

he word “bodhisattva” is a compound word formed from bodhi(spiritual awakening, enlightenment) and sattva (a being, essence, spirit).

The word can then be translated as “A being set upon enlightenment,” “One whose essence is perfect knowledge,”

This is my favorite translation of the four vows by Thich Nhat Hanh:

However innumerable beings are, I vow to meet them with kindness and interest.
However inexhaustible the states of suffering are, I vow to touch them with patience and love.
However immeasurable the Dharmas are, I vow to explore them deeply.
However incomparable the mystery of being together, I vow to surrender to it freely.

This is a beautiful translation of what a Bodhisattva is and I hope it helps you to understand this beautiful sentiment:

May I be a guard for those who are protector-less,

A guide for those who journey on the road;

For those who wish to go across the water,

May I be a boat, a raft, a bridge.

May I be an isle for those who yearn for landfall,

And a lamp for those who long for light;

For those who need a resting place, a bed

May I be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty,

A word of power, and the supreme remedy.

May I be the trees of miracles,

And for every being, the abundant cow.

Like the great earth and the other elements,

Enduring as the sky itself endures,

For the boundless multitude of living beings,

May I be the ground and vessel of their life.

Thus, for every single thing that lives,

In number like the boundless reaches of the sky,

May I be their sustenance and nourishment

Until they pass beyond the bounds of suffering

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Breathe

A good time to practice breathing. Baby, it’s cold outside…. Practicing pranayamas (breathing exercises) helps clear chest congestion, which is a common winter predicament. This can also help boost immunity. The best for the season is Surya Bhedana (Right Nostril Breathing). Kapal Bhati Pranayama (Skull Shining Breathing Technique) also heats up the body.

And if these are unfamiliar sit quietly, close your eyes and listen to the breath you know and count on. That’s enough. That will help your body handle the changing weather and the school system’s indecisiveness about weather closures.

Ruah

Full Harvest Supermoon

This moon rises in the archetype of the feminine spiritual warrior. The warrior goddess gives her voice to action driven by a compulsion to do the right thing for all beings; and she doesn’t care what gets left behind on the battlefield.

She powerfully approaches ego’s dominion over those subjugated by oppressor’s greed and she shows no fear. She is not after shameless wayward destruction, but principled action out of deep necessity to set things right.

Practice warrior goddesses this week for all those who need your strength and goodness.

see you on your mat.
powered by the moon

ruah