The Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment by Asanga

The Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment by Asanga

Author:Asanga
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Shambhala
Published: 2015-01-13T05:00:00+00:00


THE EFFORT THAT COLLECTS VIRTUOUS QUALITIES [I.12.2.2]

What is a bodhisattva’s effort that collects virtuous qualities?

It is the effort that is applied to the perfection of generosity in order to complete the perfection of generosity, [as well as] that which is applied to the perfections of morality, patience, effort, meditative absorption, and wisdom in order to complete those perfections [that range from morality to] wisdom.

Moreover, this [form of effort], in brief, should be understood as being of seven types: (1) It is unshakable in that it cannot be moved [from its place] by any thought, false notion,876 [root] mental affliction, secondary mental affliction, verbal challenge from another person, or painful experience. (2) It is strong in that it is applied zealously. (3) It is immeasurable in that it is dedicated to the attainment of complete knowledge regarding all the branches of learning. (4) It is accompanied by [proper] means both in the sense that it follows the unerring path to [any] aim that is worthy of being achieved and in the sense that it has attained a state of equanimity.877 (5) It is right effort in the sense that it is dedicated to the attainment of aims that are both meaningful and worthy of being achieved. (6) It is prolonged in the sense that it is applied continuously. (7) It is free of pride in the sense that one does not become swollen with pride because of having initiated effort. With these seven aspects, the practice of initiating effort in order to collect virtuous qualities promotes the swift completion of the bodhisattvas’ perfections and the [swift] attainment of unsurpassed true and complete enlightenment. In addition, because effort alone is the principal and most excellent cause for attaining all the virtuous qualities that bring about enlightenment and nothing else is comparable to it, the tathāgatas point to effort when they are pointing out [what is needed] for [the attainment of] unsurpassed true and complete enlightenment.



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