When beholding someone with my eyes,
Thinking, “I shall fully awaken
Through depending upon this being,”
I should look at that person with love and an open heart. (verse 80)
Give several reasons why we will attain Enlightenment depending on others. Is it possible to attain Enlightenment relying on other factors? Why or why not?
Question 2. Review verse 81. Choose several negative emotions and briefly describe its antidote (translated as “remedial forces”). For example, the antidote to miserliness is generosity. When practicing generosity, we give away whatever we are attached to so as to weaken our miserliness. At the same time, we focus on the emptiness of our selves as the giver, the emptines of the gift, and the emptiness of the giver.
Question 3. Review verses 83 – 84. Why is the perfection of ethics considered superior and more exalted than the perfection of generosity? Explain why we should choose the perfection of ethics over the perfection of generosity when confronted with a situation when we have to choose one or the other. Give an example.
Verse 84 states that the “Far-Seeing Mindful Ones have allowed a Bodhisattva to do some actions that (for others) were forbidden”. How do we know that this is a true statement?
Meditation: meditate on the practice of generosity as described in the Lam Rim.