Welcome back for week 3 of Tricycle Meditation Month, our annual challenge to sit all 31 days of January with teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. 

If you’re just joining us, Mingyur Rinpoche is a master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and the leader of the Tergar Meditation Community, a global network of Buddhist meditation centers. Mingyur Rinpoche is leading a series of four free guided meditation videos on The Bodhisattva’s Path of Meditation, with teachings inspired by Shantideva’s classic text The Way of the Bodhisattva. Each Monday, we will release a new video that builds on the previous week’s teachings.

In this week’s video, Mingyur Rinpoche explains the concept of bodhicittabodhi meaning enlightened and citta meaning mind—or the mind of enlightenment. Building off of the previous weeks’ teachings on happiness and the true causes of happiness, Mingyur Rinpoche leads us in a meditation in which we wish that all beings fully recognize their true nature of innate goodness and be free from suffering. This wish to help others and for all beings to be enlightened, he explains, is known as aspiration bodhicitta. Then, if we integrate this wish to benefit others into our practice and our everyday lives, it becomes the application of bodhicitta.

Download a transcript of this talk. It has been edited for clarity.

Meditation Month is free for all participants. Tricycle is here to support your journey with helpful articles, a live call on January 31 with meditation teacher Myoshin Kelley, a Facebook discussion group, and other free resources for meditation and Buddhist practice. Visit tricycle.org/mm22 to learn more.

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