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Bodhicitta Mantra

On Thu, 18 August, 2016 - 23:00
Candradasa's picture

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.

See all posts from the International Order Convention 2016

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Bodhidasa's picture

So beautiful! I’d love to have the musical lines written out so that we might all be able to learn it and share it at our centres. This is a bigger question, of course, sharing all of these mantras across the movement.

Dhivan Thomas Jones's picture

Just for reference, the mantra should be written ‘oṃ bodhicittam utpādayāmi’. This means ‘oṃ! I generate (utpādayāmi) the bodhicitta’.

Centre Team's picture

Many thanks, Dr. Dhivan! :) Corrected above and elsewhere…

Christine's picture

Wonderful! I was so grateful and happy to find this! Many thanks 🙏 

saddhajala's picture

Hello, thans very much for this. Just to be sure, how do we spell Bodhicittam? Do we chant Bodhicittam, Bodhicitta or Bodhicittang?