Bodhisattva, Spiritual Guide

by Wayne Ren-Cheng

A bodhisattva can be compared to a wilderness guide who leads all sorts of people – young and old, experienced and novice, men and women – into a trackless forest. It is a task that requires the three aspects of skillful action: permission, preparation and resources. The guide must have the permission of those traveling with them to lead them into unknown territory as well as self-permission based on their knowledge of themselves; they must have taken the time and effort to prepare themselves, the gear, and their charges; and they must have the resources of knowledge of the terrain, the ability to respond appropriately to any situation, as well as the material goods such as food, water and shelter to sustain all that travel with them. The guide also needs the wisdom to be able to discern the minds of those traveling with them, what their strengths and weaknesses are, as well as the practical knowledge to make the most of both in any given situation. The guide must be willing to endure all hardships in order to reach their destination without loss of one being and then be as willing to go back and do it all again.

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2 thoughts on “Bodhisattva, Spiritual Guide

  1. Reblogged this on the Yoga Bum and commented:
    A Bodhisattva is a specific term to Buddhism, meaning

    “a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so through compassion for suffering beings”,

    but any Swami or Spiritual Guide can be considered to be fulfilling the role of a Bodhisattva if they help you along the path to self realisation.

  2. You never really know what impact you have in another’s life. For them, you may be a Bodhisattva and not even know it. At least, that’s my understanding of what I’ve heard.

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