A beginning bodhisattva is a person who genuinely wants to alleviate suffering- their own and that of others. It is amazing to even want to pursue such a goal.
A big fan of the Way of the Bodhisattva was Patrul Rinpoche...
Use the time of your life.
Develop your inner happiness.
Recognize the impermanence
of all outer pleasure.
Live as a Yogi
Do your spiritual practices.
Work as a Bodhisattva
for a happy world.
Become an Amitabha
a Buddha of love and light.
Turn your world into the paradise Sukhavati,
by unfolding the enlightenment energy within you.
Search you a spiritual master,
who knows the goal of enlightenment.
Change your world into a place of grace,
by understanding all the phenomena as spiritual exercises.
Dedicate your actions to the benefit of all beings.
Send all beings light.
Live for the happiness of all beings.
So you get the energy of light.
We are usually so preoccupied with our own comfort and security that we don't give much thought to what others might be going through. But even though our lives may seem far from perfect, we have excellent circumstances! We have the ability to free ourselves from the rigidity of self-absorption, and to not be indifferent to the suffering of our fellow beings.
What are some ways that you know to practice increasing your empathy and compassion and selflessness?