84000 Glossary of Terms

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བྱང་ཆུབ་ཀྱི་སེམས། | Glossary of Terms

  • བྱང་ཆུབ་ཀྱི་སེམས།

  • བྱང་ཆུབ་ཏུ་སེམས།
  • བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས།
  • སེམས་བསྐྱེད།
  • སེམས།
  • byang chub kyi sems
  • byang chub sems
  • sems bskyed
  • sems
  • byang chub tu sems
  • bodhicitta
  • citta
  • Term
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In the general Mahāyāna teachings, bodhicitta, the mind of awakening, is the intention or the strong aspiration to attain awakening for the sake of all sentient beings. Its two aspects on the relative level of truth are famously summarized in Śāntideva’s Bodhicaryāvatāra (chapter 1, verses 15, 16): “Bodhichitta, the awakened mind, is known in brief to have two aspects: First, aspiring, bodhichitta in intention; Then active bodhichitta, practical engagement. These correspond to the wish to go and then actually setting out.” On the level of absolute truth, bodhicitta is the realization of emptiness or the awakened mind itself.