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Six Bodhisattva Activities

From Pema Chödrön's The Places That Scare You, near the end of Chapter 17 ("Bodhisattva Activity"):

So these are the six activities of the warrior:

   Generosity. Giving as a path of learning to let go.
   Discipline. Training in not causing harm in a way that is daring and flexible.
   Patience. Training in abiding with the restlessness of our energy and letting things evolve at their own speed. If waking up takes forever, still we go moment by moment, giving up all hope of fruition and enjoying the process.
   Joyful enthusiasm. Letting go of our perfectionism and connecting with the living quality of every moment.
   Meditation. Training in coming back to being right here with gentleness and precision.
   Prajna. Cultivating an open, inquiring mind.

With these six activities of the bodhisattva, we learn how to travel to the other shore, and we do our best to take everyone we can find along with us.

^z - 2015-03-27