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Sabba Danam Dhamma Danam Jinati.
Dhammapada, Verse 354.
The Maha Bodhi Society of India canonises its founder who is now Bodhisattva Anagarika Dharmapala.
Buddhism, in no way, restricts Bodhisattvahood to monastics ( Bhikshus, Bhikkhus - in Pali ). Bodhisattvahood is open to the laity ( Grihashthyas ) also. To be a Bodhisattva, one has to develop the aspiration ( Pranidhana ) to become a Buddha for the benefit of all sentient beings, practice Skilful Means ( Upaya-kaushalya ), understand the difference between Conventional Truth and Ultimate Truth, take the Three Refuges ( Trisharana, Tisarana - in Pali ), understand the Four Noble Truths (Chatur Aryasatya, Chattari Ariyasachchani - in Pali ), cultivate the Four Sublime Abodes ( Chatur Brahmavihara, Chattari Brahmavihara - in Pali ), obey the Five Precepts ( Pancha Shila, Pancha Sila - in Pali ), cultivate the Six Perfections ( Paramitas ), cultivate the Seven Factors contributing to Enlightenment ( Sapta Bodhyanga, Satta Bojjhanga - in Pali ), walk on the Noble Eightfold Path ( Arya Ashtanga Marga, Ariya Atthangika Magga - in Pali ) and do the Ten Good Actions ( Dasha Kushala Karma Patha ).
Atma-samyamakam chetah paranugrahakam cha yat,
maitram sa dharmah tad bijam phalsya pretya cheha cha.
Nagarjuna, Mula Madhyamaka Karika, Chapter 17 ( Karma-phala-pariksha ), Shloka 1.
Pragyaparamitambhodher yo 'tyantam param agatah,
sa punyagunaratnadhyas tvadgunarnavaparagah.
Nagarjuna, Achintyastava, Shloka 58.
When the mind... then, although it remains in Samsara, that mind is free.
Huang Po, Pai-chang Kuang-lu
If a Bodhisattva breaks precepts out of hatred, even just once, his offence is very serious.
If a Bodhisattva commits a Sanghabheda, he should earnestly confess his misdeed to five pure monks ( bhikshus ).
If one speaks one unkind word to a writer or a reader or a keeper of this Sutranta, that shall be considered to be a very heinous sin.
One must not act as one pleases... One must submit to all the restrictions.
Vishwavajra ( Crossed Vajra ) in the Palm of My Hand
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