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Benefiting oneself and benefiting others

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benefiting oneself and benefiting others
自利利他自益益他自利利人自行化他 ( Jpn jiri-rita, jiyaku-yakuta, jiri-rinin, or jigyo-keta )

    Also, practice for oneself and practice for others. An ideal of Mahayana Bodhisattvas. Bodhisattvas are those who seek Enlightenment for themselves and at the same time strive to instruct others, leading them to Enlightenment. "Benefiting oneself " means to devote oneself to the Buddhist way and thereby accomplish personal growth and gain. Ultimately, it means to strive to attain Enlightenment. "Benefiting others" means to bring benefit and eventually Enlightenment to others. These two kinds of practice are mutually supportive. That is, practice for self-benefit leads to benefiting others, while practice for benefiting others leads to self-development and self-benefit.

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