Four Bodhisattva Vows & AURELIS

May 1, 2021 AURELIS, Meditation No Comments

On the path towards personal ‘awakening’ (mental growth), Compassion is crucial.

[see: “Compassion, basically”]

Bodhisattva

A ‘bodhisattva’ is a Buddhist term for one on the path to personal awakening while caring for all others. It’s a very inclusive path, therefore Compassionate.

I’m no Buddhist, but I see the philosophy as quite inspirational, and many insights are profound.

The vows

There are many versions. This is the one I like most.

  • How countless the sentient beings may be, I vow to liberate them.
  • How deep the cause of suffering may be, I vow to put an end to it.
  • How boundless reality may be, I vow to know it.
  • How endless the path to awakening may be, I vow to attain it.

Vowing the impossible

These are not conceptual promises to be kept. It’s about full-hearted striving. It’s also about achieving, but this lies within the striving itself. [see: “Not the Winning, but the Striving”]

Superficially seen, it may seem contradictory. In-depth, it’s paradoxical.

You go for it and keep going for it even if it’s unattainable and even so, beyond comfortable boundaries. (Mere-ego doesn’t like this.)

You want to achieve, and you don’t, and that’s a good exercise in frustration-less desire.

Being perfect, ready to grow

These vows show paths. Progressing on these paths is an invitation to a mental shift, getting more open and ready to grow mentally. You learn to look at many things differently, more creatively, and more Compassionately.

Since you don’t attain the vows’ goals, you fail. In this full-hearted failing, you know you are perfect already. This is your being a perfect human being.

This also invites you to transcend mere-ego, to see your being part of a bigger whole that is your total self. Through this, symbolically, you also see your being part of an even much bigger whole that continues striving. The vow is from this feeling.

AURELIS

One can recognize each of the vows in the AURELIS project, respectively in the striving:

  • to reach many people with present-day means: Internet, coaching chatbot [see: Introducing Lisa (Animated Video)”]
  • to understand inner dissociation as a cause of all suffering, and to search for any means to alleviate this dissociation, thereby the suffering [see: “Cause of All Suffering: Dissociation”]
  • to bring the whole reality into a scientific endeavor that combines conceptual and subconceptual mental processing [see: “About ‘Subconceptual’”]
  • to put forward mental growth in synthesis with the relief of suffering.

In the last one, you can see the AURELIS take on Compassion. [see: “Two-Sided Compassion”]

AURELIS and Buddhism

AURELIS is not Buddhism, but I see it as a modern development compatible with where Buddhism at its best can – and should? – aim to.

I mean with this the purely philosophical kind of Buddhism that puts Compassion entirely at the forefront, even before stories about any Buddha that was or will be.

In any case, as described above, the four vows are pretty Aurelian.

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