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During the 2009 Light of the Path retreat, and again at the Hayagriva retreat in early 2010, Rinpoche stressed the correct bodhisattva attitude, and gave these wonderful instructions of how to practice bodhichitta every moment of every day (excerpted from the full set of instructions which you can find in Taking the Essence All Day and Night, a new practice booklet from FPMT Education Services on how to make all one’s daily actions most meaningful):
When you wake up think:
May all sentient beings achieve the dharmakaya, the holy body of the Buddha!
When you get up from bed, think:
May all sentient beings rise up from the great oceans of samsaric sufferings.
When you get dressed, think:
May all sentient beings wear the dress of shyness and shame.1
If you are practicing tantra, offer all the clothing as divine dress to yourself as the deity inseparable from the Guru. By thinking you are offering to the “Guru” you create the highest merit.
When you put on a belt, think:
May sentient beings’ minds be bound by the three higher trainings.
When you release the belt, think:
May sentient beings be freed from the bondage of karma and delusions.
When you lie down, think:
May sentient beings achieve the dharmakaya.
Or: May I bring all sentient beings to the sorrowless state.
When you sit down, think:
I am bringing sentient beings to the heart of enlightenment.
When you stand up, think:
May all sentient beings rise up from the oceans of samsaric sufferings.
When you open any door, think:
I am opening the door of transcendental wisdom gone beyond the world, beyond samsara, for all sentient beings. May this happen!
When you close the door, think:
I am closing the door of samsara for sentient beings. May this happen!
When you go out, think:
I am bringing sentient beings out of the prison of samsara. May they be free from the prison of samsara, bound by karma and delusion. May this happen!
When you are walking:
Milarepa advised to think that all holy objects are on your right side and as you walk you are circumambulating them.
Do the same thing when you are driving a car, riding a bicycle, traveling on a bus, train, etc.
You can also remember the pure land where you wish to be reborn and think:
I am bringing all sentient beings to Buddha’s pure land!
Or: I am bringing all sentient beings to enlightenment!
1. “Shyness” refers to oneself and means being concerned to protect the vows because oneself wishes not to suffer and wants to achieve realizations. “Shame” refers to others and means concern to protect the vows one has taken since one has promised to do so in the presence of holy beings and out of consideration for others.
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