What is your perception on Bodhisattva?
Some of the people, might have a wrong perception on Bodhisattva, they might think that Bodhisattvas are the statues placed on the altar at home or in the monastery or in the temple.
Bodhisattva is formed of two Sanskrit words, meaning “enlightenment” and “sentient being”, the word bodhisattva denotes an enlightened sentient being.
The definition of Bodhisattva: “A person who aspires to Buddhahood while seeking to enlighten all sentient beings on the path. “
We can start our journey as Bodhisattva by taking the Bodhisattva percepts, sow the bodhi seed until we attained enlightenment. Start the Bodhisattva practice now.
Treat and respect everyone you meet as Bodhisattva, to your surprise you are going to know your surrounding are full of Bodhisattvas.
When you are facing emergency, person who come to rescue you, they are Bodhisattvas.
When you need help, person who offer you help, they are Bodhisattvas.
When you are in hunger, person who offer you a simple meal, they are Bodhisattvas.
When you in thirsty, person who offer you a glass water, they are Bodhisattvas.
When you are stress or tension, person who share some kind words and motivate you, they are Bodhisattvas.
When you are sick, person who look after and care about you, they are Bodhisattvas.
Why not take a vow to be “Bodhisattva”? To be a person who can relieve suffering and bring happiness to others.
“A bodhisattva doesn’t have to be perfect. Anyone who is aware of what is happening and who tries to wake up other people is a bodhisattva. We are all bodhisattvas, doing our best.”
By Thich Nhat Hanh