What is a “bodhisattva”?
“Bodhisattva” does not have to refer to a carved statue, neither does it have to refer to a being with supernatural powers. A true bodhisattva is a person who does not fear hardship in body and mind in seeking to help others.
This book compiles discourses from 1990 on the Ten Grounds of Bodhisattvas, the ground of joy, the ground of freedom from defilement, the ground of radiating light, the ground of blazing wisdom, the ground of overcoming difficulties, the ground of manifestation, the ground of far-reaching practice, the ground of stillness, the ground of excellent wisdom, and the ground of the Dharma-cloud.
Using examples from both present-day life and Buddhist classics, Dharma Master Cheng Yen describes the ten grounds that bodhisattvas go through in their practice. Each ground builds on the previous, from the ground of joy all the way to the ground of the Dharma-cloud. By progressing through these grounds, ordinary beings can gradually proceed toward the stage of supreme, universal and perfect enlightenment.
- The First Ground
- The Ground of Joy
- The Second Ground
- The Ground of Freedom from Defilement
- The Third Ground
- The Ground of Radiating Light
- The Fourth Ground
- The Ground of Blazing Wisdom
- The Fifth Ground
- The Ground of Overcoming Difficulties
- The Sixth Ground
- The Ground of Manifestation
- The Seventh Ground
- The Ground of Far-Reaching Practice
- The Eighth Ground
- The Ground of Stillness
- The Ninth Ground
- The Ground of Excellent Wisdom
- The Tenth Ground
- The Ground of the Dharma-Cloud