Time and space.
From an absolute point of view, time does not exist. It only relates to things that change, and space cannot be said to exist or not exist
Here we are going to talk about relative time and space. The two aspects of life that are most valuable are time to be, and space, a place to be. Wealth is the power that enables us to arrive at those two conditions – to have time and space – especially if we are a spiritual practitioner. Spiritual practitioners are a very rare breed.
Being a spiritual practitioner means that is our utmost view of life, which includes compassion for others. A spiritual practitioner respects the material world, but is not so involved in it.
One needs time and space to reflect and meditate. Whatever others choose to do with their life is up to them. We may be a hundred lifetimes away from enlightenment, or this could be our last one, so why waste time and space on the mundane?
“Well, what about all those sentient beings suffering? Are you going to just leave them?”
“Before we can help anyone, we have to be stable in our own being.”
A bodhisattva is someone who says from the depth of his or her heart, “I want to be liberated and find ways to overcome all the problems of the world. I want to help all my fellow beings to do likewise.
I long to attain the highest state of everlasting peace and happiness, in which all suffering has ceased, and I want to do so for myself and for all sentient beings.”
According to the Buddha’s teaching, anyone who makes this firm and heartfelt commitment is a bodhisattva.
We become bodhisattvas from the moment we have this vast and open heart, called bodhichitta, the mind bent on bringing lasting happiness to all sentient beings. Buddhist literature defines three types of bodhisattvas: the king-like bodhisattva, the captain-like bodhisattva, and the shepherd-like bodhisattva.
King-like: “First, I want to free myself from samsara and attain perfect enlightenment. As soon as I have reached buddhahood, I will help all other sentient beings to become buddhas as well.
Captain-like: “I would like to become a buddha, and I will take all other sentient beings along with me so that we reach enlightenment together.”
Shepherd-like: “I want to help all sentient beings to reach enlightenment and see the truth. Only when this is achieved and samsara is emptied will I become a buddha myself.”