BA2_1 Offering of Material Possessions


We have come to the beginning of the second chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, the Chapter of Purification, or the Confession. In order to generate and establish bodhichitta in ourselves we first need to create positive habitual tendencies, and the first preparation is making offerings. In this video (BA2_1) Rinpoche explains the first stanza of this chapter.

To view the video, simply click on the image to view all the Chapter 2 videos.

If you prefer listening to the teaching in audio, use the audio player below.

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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 2 page.

We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 2, 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. 165-66.

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3 thoughts on “BA2_1 Offering of Material Possessions

  1. Lynda

    Rinpoche, how is it best to make offering of material possessions part of my daily practice? Is it by actually making a material offering as part of my meditation practice eg flowers, incense and so on, or is it more to do with being in a state of mind in daily life in which one is always ready to be generous with material possessions?
    thank you

  2. David

    Rinpoche, I’ve been told that there were different reasons for which we may find difficult to obtain results in our practice. One of them is the damages we caused to the vows we have taken. Once, I met obstacles during a retreat of a vajrayana practice and I found myself thinking I was imitating tibetan folklore. I now think that it was just too much practice for me at that time. I fear that by these thoughts I possibly have damaged my empowerment. Do you think it could create difficulties for me to develop and realise bodhicitta, and if yes, what should I do to purify this. Thank you for your answers Rinpoche.

  3. jackie

    Dear Rinpoche, a unanimous and urgent question during our Shantideva retreat was how to locate within ourselves, the authentic questions to ask you that helps us really progress. Could you please share your life-time of experience as Dharma matured within you, how to bypass mere intellectual curiosity and get to the heart of our own true questions? Thank you for your advice for this ever present and troubling issue that causes such struggle as our time with the Lama is so precious and life is so fleeting.

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