BA2_2-7 Offering of Material Things Not Owned by Anybody


In this video (BA2_2-7), Rinpoche continues with explaining the offering of material things which are not owned by anybody, as described in stanzas 2-7 of the second chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara.

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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. 66-69.

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4 thoughts on “BA2_2-7 Offering of Material Things Not Owned by Anybody

  1. Lynda

    Rinpoche, in my everyday life, whenever I see something beautiful, should I try to remember to offer this to the buddhas and bodhisattvas rather than to accumulate it as a good experience? Would this then help me to develop more equanimity because I would not be holding on to good experiences?
    thank you

  2. paula proenca

    Many thanks rinpoche for this teaching, it’s so easy to do it, give things that no one possesses, after some time we’ll get the habit, and we will lose attachement, and we will give easely our things. I’m starting right now!
    looking forward to see you in Europe
    May you have a safe journey

  3. caswan

    I started this course late and have just caught up as you are leaving for your tour.
    Is this my karma, to always be behind? Maybe.
    Nevertheless I have really enjoyed the teachings so far and look forward to continuing.
    I particularly enjoyed this recent teaching on offering. Never having owned very much I do appreciate the things I see around me and offer thanks for that. This is my blessing.
    Best Wishes for your travels.

  4. Eleine

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you so much for these meaningful teachings.
    Please would you elaborate on why melodies are considered the highest offering? What is their function and how are they valuable to Buddhas and Bodhisattvas?
    Another question, not related to this particular teaching, is about disturbing thoughts – please can you help me with advice as to how to deal with them?
    Thank you very much, and I hope your health is now strong and stable.
    Looking forward to seeing you in Portugal!

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