BA1_1-3 Humility & Reason to Write


Rinpoche continues the teaching on the first stanza of the first chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, and explains the second and third stanzas as well. This is the fourth video teaching (BA1_1-3/BA4).

To view the video, simply click on the image to view all the Chapter 1 videos.

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The audio as well as the audio translations in different languages and the transcript of this teaching are all available on Chapter 1 page.

We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 1, which you can download here and in the Library section. Further recommended reading: the commentary book by Kunzang Pelden (Khenpo Kunpal), The Nectar of Manjushri’s Speech, p. 32-39.

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7 thoughts on “BA1_1-3 Humility & Reason to Write

  1. Andylowe

    Thank you Rinpoche for giving us your insights into this marvelous teaching. Even though I had read both the translated text as well as the translated commentaries it was not until you have started showing us the practical implications of these teachings did they really start to come alive.

    I especially enjoyed listening to your explanation of the context in which Shantideva came to give the world his wisdom.

    Please continue sending all of us these inspirational insights in the hope some of them will find expression in our daily activities!


  2. Denis

    Thank you very much Rinpoche for this beautiful teaching.

    It is true that there is a completely different feeling between the commentary book and your inspiring talk. May be this is why oral transmission is so important. It is obious for me now that inspiration given by books exists but is much less efficient than your explanations.


  3. lynda miller

    Rinpoche, thank you for this very helpful teaching (BA4). It has helped me to feel less anxious about a piece of work I have to do tomorrow in terms of over-high expectations of self not being useful. It has also made me think about the importance of reminding oneself of the dharma over and over again in the course of a day. I think I have a question about this. In the midst of a very busy day, if I find myself in any sort of negative state of mind, what is the best way to remind oneself of the dharma when there is not time to do a formal practice eg recite a stanza or a sutra? Is it maybe just to remind oneself to be mindful?
    Lastly, thank you for explaining about the use of the term “dharmakaya” in stanza 1, because yesterday I had a question about this; now it is answered!
    with much gratitude for the Shedra teachings,

  4. karni

    Marvellous. Both listening to you and reading the transcripts are wonderful reminders of what truly matters, and how we might try to attain it, even if only belatedly! The beginning itself is so good that I look forward to being enriched in each teaching. Thank you, Rinpoche, and many thanks to the excellent transcription by Albert Harris and Karma Sonam Rinchen.


  5. pema chalmers

    With Humility – are you saying that in order to recognise a good quality in others , we must, in even a small way, have some of that quality in ourselves in order to recognise it in others? But could we have an understanding in the head, but no feeling of it in the heart?

    Thank you very much

  6. marlou

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you wholeheartedly for sharing these beautiful teachings
    online… listening and seeing you is a great joy, and the teachings guide and learn us
    how to be, to practise and to integrate. my prayers are with you and all those who do their best
    to live the mind of enlightenment…for me it is important to strenghen my heart towards others..and go out to support, love and help them, even though I long to do a good intensive retreat also: ) Thank you, marlou

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