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February 18, 2010


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I would like you to comment on and perhaps delve into the topic of animal bodhisattvas--like the giant turtle that saved the men and then allowed himself to be made into turtle soup, so to speak. So many times is the phrase "sentient beings" bandied about, but so rarely (if at all) is it ever explained how non-humans can be "enlightened" or can enlighten others. I myself know that so-called animals are in many cases more enlightened than humans, but I'd like to get your take.

In the context of bodhichitta, is it definitely worth mentioning that the motivation for its attainment is to gain enlightenment for the benefit of others. This point is made with great emphasis in Tibetan Buddhism, as in this article:

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