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Beautiful harmonies, recorded at the 2016 Triratna International Council as part of a puja to welcome new members of the Order.
Our friend Dhivan, an excellent Pali and Sanskrit scholar, says (see comment below):
“Oṃ Bodhicittam Utpādayāmi
This means ‘oṃ! I generate (utpādayāmi) the bodhicitta’.”
The ‘Bodhichitta’ is sometimes rendered as the ‘will to Enlightenment’ or the ‘heart-mind of Enlightenment’ - signifying the complete dedication of our efforts to cultivate wisdom and compassion, in line with the Buddha’s teachings, making no distinction between our own well-being and that of others. In that sense the development of Bodhichitta is a truly communal practice, and might even be said to arise on a collective basis. The mantra captures a flavor of what that might mean and the joy implied.
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