The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times Short Essay - Answer Key

Pema Chödrön
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1. What is bodhichitta?

Chodron introduces the term bodhichitta by breaking it down into its two parts, chitta meaning mind, heart, or attitude, and bodhi meaning awake, enlightened, or completely open. She also writes, "if we were to ask the Buddha, 'What is bodhichitta?' he might tell us that the word is easier to understand than to translate... that it is only bodhichitta that heals, that bodhichitta is capable of transforming the hardest of hearts and the most prejudiced and fearful of minds."

2. According to Chodron, what is our relationship with enlightenment?

Chodron describes our relationship with enlightenment with the following quote: "The Buddha said that we are never separated from enlightenment. Even at the times we feel most stuck, we are never alienated from the awakened state."

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