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  • There are three essential qualities:
    1) Bodhi mind: the vow to attain Buddhahood.
    2) Compassion: the compassion to liberate all sentient beings (which implies the delay of self-liberation).
    3) Emptiness as skilful means: the wisdom of emptiness required for self and others-liberation and for long diligent practices.

  • Study, contemplation, meditation, prayer of the mahayana path of Buddhism. Then one takes the vows from a qualified teacher and then one must attain the ten Bodhisattva Bhumis.

  • Buddha did it by sitting quietly, his mind freed from expectations, excepting what came to him. I can imagine no other path, nor any strictures or dogma that could be of help for you. When enlightenment becomes your goal it becomes unattainable.

  • A bodhisattva is someone who has turned completely away from self-absorption and toward acting for the benefit of all beings.

    So . . . to become a bodhisattva, simply let go of all self-concern and act with total concern for the well-being of others.

    Here’s a great video that addresses this point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDSAAlrqAHM

    May you be happy!

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