Nine benefits of developing the wish for enlightenment.
- If you have this wish, then all your good deeds become a cause for omniscience.
- You become a person worthy of the honor of all beings.
- You outshine practitioners of the lower paths, known as "hearers" and "solitary realizers," who—although they can reach high attainments such as the direct perception of emptiness, and nirvana—have not yet reached the true wish to reach full enlightenment for others.
- The tiniest good deed you ever do, such as feeding a scrap of food to a bird, becomes a spiritual practice of the greater way (the Mahayana.)
- The good deeds you do become the activity of a bodisattva.
- The Buddhas then look upon you as their own son or daughter.
- All the bodhisattvas then consider you their own brother or sister.
- By achieving the wish, you have entered into the "Greater Way," or the "Mahayana" (literally, the "big capacity"; meaning you have taken on a greater responsibility, to help all living beings).
- If you have the wish for enlightenment, it is possible that you will reach enlightenment in one lifetime—because you will be able to practice the secret teachings of Buddhism (tantra) and it will work.