“If we were to ask the Buddha, “What is bodhichitta?” he might tell us that this word is easier to understand than to translate. He might encourage us to seek out ways to find its meaning in our own lives. He might tantalize us by adding that it is only bodhichitta that heals, that bodhichitta is capable of transforming the hardest of hearts and the most prejudiced of fearful minds.”
“Chitta means “mind” and also “heart” or “attitude”. Bodhi means “awake,” “enlightened,” or “completely open”. Sometimes the completely open heart and mind of bodhichitta is called the soft spot, a place as vulnerable and tender as an open wound. It is equated, in part, with our ability to love. Even the cruelest people have this soft spot. Even the most vicious animals love their offspring. As Trungpa Rinpoche put it, “Everybody loves something, even if it’s only tortillas.”
–Pema Chodron, The Places That Scare You
You guys. I, personally, happen to love tortillas!
Does this mean that I am on the path to Enlightenment?
Is the path to Enlightenment paved with tortillas?
Is Enlightenment actually just a big bowl of salsa?
I sure hope so! Because salsa is pretty amazing…