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Courage

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Courage is the mental and moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty in the face of opposition, shame, scandal, and discouragement.

Courage manifests as the Three Minds:
1. THE SINCERE MIND —the willingness to acknowledge our own fundamental goodness without arrogance, knowing that all sentient beings share Natural Perfection; and to recognize our innate stains without despair, knowing that we have the capacity to overcome and control our afflicted emotions and obscurations.
2. THE DEEP MIND —the ability to maintain full conviction and faith in the grace received from the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, regardless of doubts, obstacles, or difficulties, and to act according to our highest understanding of the Dharma.
3. THE ASPIRING MIND —the determination to dedicate this and all future lives to benefit others, tame our afflictions, open wide all the gates to the Dharma, and embody the path to enlightenment for every sentient…

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For The Benefit Of Others

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Lord-Kshitigarbha-V1_2_1-723x1024Bodhisattvas work for the benefit of others in eleven ways:

  1. befriending the friendless;
  2. counseling the confused;
  3. helping the helpless;
  4. protecting the fearful;
  5. comforting the grieving;
  6. sharing with the destitute;
  7. mentoring those who seek spiritual guidance;
  8. accompanying those traversing the path;
  9. praising the prudent;
  10. admonishing the rash; and
  11. subduing those who will not yield to good counsel.

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