Exhortation to Bodhicitta

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Exhortation to Bodhicitta

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A small booklet encouraging living bodhicitta infused lives, by Master Shixian who died in 1734:

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Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself. Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. Dhammapada
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This is how it begins:
This unworthy and common monk, Shixian, weeping tears of blood, sincerely bows and pleads to the great assembly and to all the faithful: Please be compassionate, listen for a moment, and reflect upon my words. Once I have heard that the main gate for entering the path is first to give rise to a bodhi mind; among the urgent tasks of cultivation, the foremost is to make a vow. Having a vow, all beings can be liberated; having a bodhi mind, Buddhahood is attainable. Yet, without a great mind, and a firm and profound vow, one is trapped in the cycle of birth and death through countless kalpas. Even with endless cultivation, it would still be in vain. The Flower Adornment Sutra says, “Forgetting the bodhi mind but cultivating wholesomeness is called the action of Mara.” If forgetting the bodhi mind is like this, what more would it be for one who has never set one’s mind on the bodhi path. Therefore, if one wishes to learn the Tathagata Vehicle, one must give rise to one’s bodhi mind without delay.
Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself. Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. Dhammapada
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Here is another translation with commentary by Master Hsuan Hua:

https://www.berkeleymonastery.org/uploa ... _cover.pdf

A summarizing verse:
What is bodhi mind? It is our mind
Intent upon awakening ourselves and awakening others;
Benefitting ourselves and benefitting others.
Such a mind is clear.
It turns from confusion and returns to enlightenment
It renounces what is deviant and embodies what is proper.
Such a mind discern right from wrong. It harbors no inversions.
Such a mind is absolutely straight.
Though one may conquer a thousand times a thousand men in battle, yet he indeed is the noblest victor who conquers himself. Self-conquest is far better than the conquest of others. Dhammapada
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