BA2_27-31 Confession, part 1


With this video (BA2_27-31) we come to the section of confession, which will be continued in Rinpoche’s next teachings as well. Stanzas from 27 to 31 of the second chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara are explained in this first part.

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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. 95-101.

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2 thoughts on “BA2_27-31 Confession, part 1

  1. Lynda

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for this clarifying teaching. It seems to me that the Buddhist concept of confession is quite different from that of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Both involve deep regret, but the purification process you describe sounds very clear-cut; you see clearly what you have done wrong and you make a decision not to do this again. In the West I think confession is associated with remorse and guilt, even a feeling that one deserves to be punished for being bad. Is this a correct understanding of the difference between a Buddhist and a Judeo-Christian concept of confession?
    thank you,

  2. isabel rodrigues

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for your positive way to explain the confession of negative deeds. I realize that all negative things that I’ve done were related with my convictions at that moment and remember is painful. Ignorance, poor training of mind and limited sense of other’s welfare, were the greatest causes. May I offer them to the Buddha and Boddhisattvas asking for awareness, because I’m not sure to don’t commit it again. I only can take refuge again and again, to guide my journey.

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