The Importance of the Bodhisattva Path
in the Hopi/Tibetan Prophecy
December 31, 2008
My name is Kymberlee Ruff, MFT. I am Cherokee by ethnicity. I have been adopted into the Hopi Tribe and given the great honor of becoming a "Carrier of the Hopi/Tibetan Prophecy."
I was asked recently to explain the importance of "Entering the Conduct of the Bodhisattva" in the Hopi/Tibetan Prophecies. Particularly as we begin this New Year with a new president.
This is the time for change. Compassionate change.
My humble understanding of a Bodhisattva is someone who seeks to attain enlightenment with the intention of helping others. The Bodhisattva takes vows to remain in the cycle of Samsara (death and rebirth) until ALL sentient beings are free from suffering (Nirvana). This type of mind is know as "Bodhicitta".
There is a wonderful book called "The Way of the Bodhissatva" which was written by the 7th century Buddhist master Shantideva. You can download it for free at http://www.kunpal.com/
"For as long as space exists
And sentient beings endure
May I too remain
To dispel the misery of the world."
I asked the Holy Ones why they wanted me to share the Bodhisattva Path regarding the Hopi/Tibetan Prophecies. I was told : "According to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, that at the rate the genocide in Tibet is occurring, Tibetan culture as we know it will not last more than 15 more years."
This is also true of the Hopi and the genocide that is occurring as a result of the Peabody Coal Mine.
The wisdom of the Hopi and the Tibetan is so very precious. I believe that their teachings can be very beneficial during this turbulent "Time of Purification".
His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche described this beautifully when he said:
"A beautiful country is a dreamlike illusion.
It is senseless to cling to it.
Unless the inner forces
of negative emotions are conquered,
strife with outer enemies will never end."
H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
The Hopi people also share this altruistic nature. No matter how little food they may have, they will share what they have with whoever stops by. I believe that their kind and peaceful nature is why they remain the only Native American tribe that has never been conquered or made treaties with the United States.
They are raised to treat others with dignity and respect. The Hopi continue to keep their Covenant with the Creator through their Sacred dances and ceremonies.
I believe that the entire world has much to learn from the wisdom of the Hopi and the Tibetan Ways.
My New Years' message is a passage from "The Way of the Bodhisattva".
"All the joy the world contains
comes through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
has come through wanting pleasure for oneself."
May All Beings Benefit,