Never Helpless

When things seem to be falling apart in our perception of the world, it is not unusual to feel a bit helpless. We might feel we can do nothing to help the situation. This is why generating bodhicitta is so important. If our perception of the world is mingled effortlessly with the heart/mind of compassion, infinite possibilities open up. We are more capable of adapting, adjusting, and discovering ways to be of benefit.

It is important to offer aspiration prayers to help us refine our intention to be clear and skillful in benefitting others. Here is a brief excerpt from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche:

 Aspiration to Generate Bodhicitta, Utterly Pure and Supreme:

From now on, in all future rebirths, throughout my lives,
Buddhas and bodhisattvas, may I never part from you!
Buddhas and bodhisattvas, please accept me as your follower!
Buddhas and bodhisattvas, let me gain accomplishment just like you!

My body’s actions—may they be disciplined and unpretentious,
My speech—may it be honest, without falsity or deception,
My mind—may it be genuine, without artifice or deceit,
And may I rely upon spiritual guides and true Dharma friends!

May I behold the sun-like Buddha with his signs and marks,
May I savor the nectar of the sun-like Dharma in my heart,
And may the sun-like Sangha accompany me to liberation—
From the light of these three sun-like Supreme Ones, may I never part!

We are never alone on this path. Immeasurable buddhas and bodhisattvas accompany us on our journey. We only need to ask for their help.

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