Whether or not we actually achieve the realisation of bodhicitta and to what level or depth we gain such a realisation depends upon the force of our experience of great compassion. This great compassion, which aspires to free all sentient beings from suffering, is not confined to the level of mere aspiration. It has a dimension of far greater power, which is the sense of commitment or responsibility to personally bring about this objective of fulfilling others' welfare. In order to cultivate this powerful great compassion, we need to train our mind separately in two other factors. One is to cultivate a sense of empathy with or closeness to all sentient beings, for whose sake we wish to work so that they become free from suffering. The other factor is to cultivate a deeper insight into the nature of the suffering from which we wish others to be relieved.
--His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Lighting the Way, just published by Snow Lion Publications
A brand new book that includes teachings on The Four Noble Truths, Seven Points of Mind Training and more, from a Gelugpa perspective.