Chokhor Duchen, one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, is today. Also known as the Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma, Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary upon which Shakyamuni Buddha first began teaching the Dharma. For seven weeks after his enlightenment, the Buddha did not…
For when, with irreversible intent, The mind embraces bodhicitta, Willing to set free the endless multitudes of beings, In that instant, from that moment on, A great unremitting stream, A strength of wholesome merit, Even during sleep and inattention, Rises equal to the vastness of the sky.
Bodhichitta, the awakened mind, Is known in brief to have two aspects: First, aspiring, bodhichitta in intention; Then active bodhichitta, practical engagement. Shantideva, The Way of the Bodhisattva, Verse 15
Here I shall say nothing that has not been said before, And in the art of prosody I have no skill. I therefore have no thought that this might be of benefit to others; I wrote it only to habituate my mind.