Discovering Buddhism

How to Develop Bodhicitta

In this module, we will examine what “bodhicitta” means and why this is an important type of mind to develop. We will explore the step-by-step methods taught by the Buddha for achieving bodhicitta ourselves. We will clarify often-confused concepts, including self-esteem and self-cherishing, and differentiate between equanimity and indifference, compassion and pity, and bodhicitta and compassion. We will also explore questions such as:
  • What are the benefits of practicing bodhicitta?
  • What does it mean to see all sentient beings as your mother?
  • What does it mean to exchange self for others?
  • What are the eighteen bodhisattva vows?
This is the tenth in a series of 14 modules covering the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment. Students may join at any point in the cycle. Discovering Buddhism is designed for students who wish to deepen their understanding of fundamental Buddhist concepts. The program is designed to provide an experiential taste of the Buddha’s teachings and the skills we need to make our lives most meaningful.