Lama Zopa Rinpoche ascending the stairs of the Maratika Caves, Nepal, February 2016. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

In Cultivating Mindfulness of Bodhichitta in Daily Activities, Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers students prayers, visualizations, and advice to help transform daily activities—such as standing up, using the toilet, brushing one’s teeth, dressing, or ascending a staircase—into causes for enlightenment.

For example, Rinpoche teaches in the text: “When you go up a flight of stairs or up a hill (including on a roller coaster!), think: I am bringing all sentient beings to enlightenment.

“Anyone who is seeking the state of omniscience needs to attend to the many methods for collecting merits and purifying delusions,” Rinpoche reminds students. “The Omniscient One, who was very skillful and had great compassion for us sentient beings, explained that even the activities that we normally do—such as eating, sleeping, sitting, walking, and doing our jobs—can become ways to collect unfathomable virtue and skies of merit. With mindfulness of bodhichitta, they can become not only beneficial to oneself, but beneficial to all sentient beings. The Buddha explained this to us who do not have a bodhichitta realization. This is how everything we do can be dedicated to become a cause of happiness for all sentient beings. This is something that we can practice immediately.”

Students can go deeper in to the topic of transforming daily activities into Dharma practice by studying “Bodhichitta Mindfulness,” a module within the Living in the Path course “Taking the Essence,” on the FPMT Online Learning Center.

“Bodhichitta Mindfulness” includes video teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche as well as an introduction to the topic by Ven. Sarah Thresher, additional readings, access to a discussion forum, and other helpful resources.

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