Lecture/Teaching on Bodhicitta by Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and presentation of his book, “Bodhicitta: The Mind of Awakening,” published by Padmapani Editorial. (Attendees may request to take refuge).
The term “Bodhicitta” is derived from the Sanskrit words “bodhi,” meaning awakening, and “citta,” meaning mind or mental state/attitude. Together, these two words encompass the entirety of Buddha’s teachings. It is essential to note that “Bodhicitta,” or “jang chub sem” in Tibetan, refers to the mind that seeks the awakening and liberation of all beings, not just oneself (p.20).
About the book: “Bodhicitta: The Mind of Awakening” is a transcription of Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche’s teachings from July 4-14, 1983, in Sireuil, based on one of the most revered Tibetan Buddhist texts, “The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas,” written by Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme in the 14th century.
This concise poem in thirty-seven shlokas, which is easy to memorize, has brought immense benefits to countless practitioners and is considered a distillation of “The Path of the Bodhisattva,” a fundamental work of Mahayana that has been taught and commented upon by great masters of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions.