And more clearly, until we are ready to place our heart at the 
Bodhisatva position, our practice does not begin. 

Yet, when we do place our heart as a Bodhisatva, everything just happens 
- teaching would make more sense, life will be more liberating, less 
pain while sitting, etc. etc.

Jue Miao Jing Ming - 覺妙精明 wrote:
> Good morning to All,
> Our Teacher, Chan Master Wu Jue Miao Tian remind us repeatedly, "Our
> practice begins with Bodhisatva." what does it mean?
> This statement can be understood in many ways. Position our heart at
> the Bodhisatva level to begin, so that we are already closer to be a
> Buddha. This is a self-serving way to understand it. It is okay to pad
> ourselves on the back sometimes.
> Position ourselves as being Budhisatva also means that we live with an
> attitude as being a Bodhisatva. We face ourselves honestly. We love
> others with compassion. We practice without differentiation. We do the
> best we can without expectation. We apply everything we learn and we
> connect with to our everyday life at every single moment. Without it,
> we are not practicing, or just day-dreaming.
> It is clear in Diamond Sutra, "All Dharma expressed by Buddha is not
> Dharma, just called Dharma."
> Dharma exist everywhere at every moment. It is our everyday life and
> not limited to the Sutra or our Master's teachings, DVDs, or presence.
> JM

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