Training the Mind in Loving Kindness and Compassion

THE GREAT VEHICLE of the Buddha's teaching is distinguished by its emphasis on cultivating bodhicitta, the attitude of loving-kindness and compassion towards all beings. Through such an altruistic attitude one seeks to attain liberation not for oneself alone, but for the benefit of all sentient beings without any exception or any left behind. The complete attainment of Buddhahood is impossible without this profound and vast aspiration and accompanying activity. Generating and enriching such an extraordinary outlook is the cornerstone of the Mahayana teachings of the Buddha.

Teachings on bodhicitta have been given by many distinguished Kagyu masters. Excerpts from some of these teachings follow.