The Bodhisattva is a being who has taken a vow to help save all sentient beings before reaching personal enlightenment.
Few of us are satisfied with retreating from the world and just working on ourselves. We want our training to be of benefit. From the Buddhist view, a Bodhisattva is a person who makes a vow to work for the welfare and enlightenment of all beings, before their own. Pema ChodronWith a wish to free all beings
I shall go for refuge
To the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha,
Until I reach full enlightenment.
Enthused by wisdom and compassion,
today in the Buddhas' presence I generate
the Mind for Full Awakening
For the benefit of all sentient beings.
As long as space remains,
As long as sentient beings remain, Until then, may I too remain,
And dispel the miseries of the world.
Bodhisattva Vows conferred on Marianne Mohr, 2003 Beacon Theater, NYC by His Holiness The Dalai Lama
BUDDHISM WORLD VIEW
FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
Noble Truths of Buddhism simply stated:
arises from attachment to desires
ceases when attachment to desire ceases
from suffering is possible by practicing the Eightfold Path
There eight attitudes or paths help us to find freedom from suffering.
FOR CHRISTIAN YOGA STUDENTS - THESE TENETS DO NOT REPLACE CHRISTIAN VALUES NOR ARE THEY IMPOSED ON STUDENTS WHO PRACTICE YOGA AT OUR STUDIO OR SCHOOL. BUDDHISM DOES NOT WORK TO CONVERT THOSE OF CHRISTIAN FAITH AND IS RESPECTFUL OF CHRISTIAN PRACTICE AND DEVOTION TO CHRIST.