The sacred Journey on Tibetan Buddhism

In Tibetan Buddhism, the bodhisattva, or “awake being,” is a practitioner who has relinquished the general wish to liberate themselves from the world of suffering (samsara) so that they might through their efforts to discount all other beings from their distress, according to Wulstan Fletcher's opening to his conversion of the classic, The Way of the Bodhisattva.

This is an objective unique to the Mahayana ('Great Vehicle'), a school of Buddhist beliefs and practice hold to by Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

The Spiritual pathway of the Bodhisattva

At first look, such an aim emerges crushingly enormous: how could one being probably make even a hollow in the constant war, poverty, and disease of the world? However in Tibetan Buddhism, the conclusion of suffering — in other words, spiritual development is a liberate from suffering of every level, possibly most especially the small and near-constant frustration, anxiety and agitation that pass for usual states of mind.

Consequently, the primary function of the bodhisattva similar to all Buddhist practitioners is to work with the mind honestly in order to cut the profoundly seated roots of everlasting dissatisfaction, yet (paradoxically) the bodhisattva's main concern is to stimulate this process in others.

Thus, attainment a high level of spiritual development and teaching necessary Mahayana and other teachings of Tibetan Buddhism is the main life principle of the bodhisattva (as demonstrated by figures like the Dalai Lama).

The structure of Spiritual Awakening, or Bodhichitta

The aspirant bodhisattva daring a demanding spiritual path, one that will eventually gather the strength of mind required to apply him or herself in helping others. This spiritual path takes the natural history of the enlighten state, known as bodhichitta (aware of heart/mind; heart/mind of enlightenment) as its orientation for practice; as the promising bodhisattva grows the two forms of bodhichitta in him/herself, they ultimately blossom into a marvelous self-sacrifice that delights in serving others.

Complete bodhichitta, which may also be referred to as the understanding of wisdom or bareness, is the crystal-clear, non-dual, perfect state of mind causal all neurosis —“the direct cognizance of realism,” according to Fletcher. This is harmonized by relative bodhichitta, also called sympathy, which is “ the ambition to achieve the highest good, or buddhahood, for the sake of all, collectively with all the practical steps required to achieve this goal.”

The Practice of sympathy in Mahayana Buddhism

Mahayana philosophy and practice are at once complicated and apparently inaccessible; their serious and straight drive to end all suffering flashes a transformative spiritual journey one would do well to intimately inspect. For an extra in-depth appears at one of the most significant practices of the Mahayana, known as Tonglen.