Zen

Q. Does it make sense to uphold a bodhisattva’s intention to support every sentient being to free themselves until the end of time? Such an attitude could be seen as unrealistic, or even counter- productive.

A. It might sound unrealistic, but it is very realistic and is an essential attitude we Buddhists should take. There is a saying that if you attain enlightenment, all the universe also attains enlightenment along with you. This means that when you get enlightened, everything looks and sounds perfect and you realise that everything is the true-Self, the Buddha.

This is why ancient masters would say that if there is even a single tiny thing remaining as a sentient being, you are far from being enlightened. So, ‘to uphold a bodhisattva’s intention to support every sentient being to free themselves until the end of time’ should be interpreted as ‘to uphold your intention to attain enlightenment until the end of time’.

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