Way of Bodhi – An Open Way of Awakening


Way of Bodhi is the practice of Buddhism as a way of living with deepening wisdom awareness. In fact, awakening in Buddhism is always through such an open way.


In this open way of living with wakefulness and compassion that cuts through all religiosity, everything is a path as long as we sail with the light of prajna (insightful understanding) and maintain sensitivity to the concerns of others. Barriers of religion, culture, race, etc. fall apart as we approach life with open awareness. As the hallucinations of boundaries that separate us from the rest of the sentient world dissolve in the light of wisdom, loving kindness and compassion are simply the natural state of our being. Every one of us has the ability to discover it in this life.


The paths that the Buddha showed are indeed the “ways of bodhi” than the “ways to bodhi” because awakening is not just a distant goal, but what we discover in every moment. Speculative theories and metaphysics have no role in the teachings of the Buddha. It is all about relaxing in the spacious openness of mind and at the same time vividly seeing and understanding everything in its immediate presence as and when it arises. Everything that the Buddha taught – self-discipline (śīla), meditation (samādhi) and wisdom (prajña) – is essentially about cultivating that open and clear awareness.


Whether we take to the way of wholesome living in mundane life, the way of renunciation of the monastics, the way of compassion of the bodhisattvas, the way of pure presence of the mantra-practitioners, the way of spontaneous perfection of the ati-yogis (Dzogchenpas), or as in most cases a way that spans across all these ways, all of that rely on cultivating openness, non-clinging and a wakeful presence – at one level or other. All of these are the pathways of living in the increasing light of wisdom awareness – eventually realizing the emptiness of even the pathways that we traversed through, seeing the insubstantiality of everything that arises and yet effortlessly resting in their presence, and compassionately mingling for the benefit of others.