BA2_32-46 Confession, part 2


With this video (BA2_32-46) Rinpoche continues on the section of regret in the second chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. In stanzas 32-46 we are vividly reminded of the uncertainty and impermanence of life and that we should act now at this very moment to purify our negative karma.

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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. 101-107.

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7 thoughts on “BA2_32-46 Confession, part 2

  1. raquel garcia arroyo

    Dear Ringu Tulku Rinpoche;
    Thank you very much for the teaching, it is very useful and clear (as usual). The thing is…why Shantideva talks about death in chapter 2, so realistic?. I mean, I guess he (dear Master) finally died, but why is he exposing death in chapter 2 and not in the last chapter?
    congratulations about Rigul Trust!

  2. raquel garcia arroyo

    sorry my ignorance…the question is:
    why is purification important at this point of the teaching? why is not purification needed at the end, when we have all the information to do the best purification?
    thank you Master & others pupils for your patience with my doubts :-)))

    1. Jeff Holloway

      Dear Raquel, I’d just like to say there is no need to apologize for wanting to understand the teachings better! I can’t comment on your postings because this section is for questions to Rinpoche, not student discussions. But there is a “Discussion Area” where we who are following this shedra can also share our questions, thoughts, and ideas among ourselves.

      I have been unsuccessful in trying to find others who would like to join me in a student discussion group to explore the different ways that we understand these marvelous teachings. So I’m taking your very good question as an opportunity to ask again if anyone is interested in having student discussions that focus on the text and teachings. Sharing our personal efforts to internalize and apply these teachings is a great way to plumb their depths!

  3. isabel rodrigues

    Dear Rinpoche
    Identify failures it’s so important to rectify and preventing it from occurring again. But if those failures are traces of character we have tendency to deal as normally and we easily forget. And it comes again. How to find the motivation for change? Is it necessary establish a plan? Dose it contradict our spontaneity ? Because I think all of us have tolerance toward ourselves. Is it treachery?
    Thank you Rinpoche for your kindness to guide us.

  4. van hoorn marlou

    Hello Jeff, I’m willing to share and discuss a little on the discuss area from time to time to deepen my/our understanding.
    Even though I find it really difficult to put into words…what goes on in heart and mind.
    Rinpoche explains about importance of regret and confession (purification) at best before death comes to ‘invite’ us….to be honest I sometimes rejoice..even though not depressed…the challenges of live sometimes seems to be more difficult that death itself…but how can I know…live and death…maybe not so much difference…and as we can read in for instance ‘The Tibetan Book of living and dying” death is a great opportunity to recognise ground (mother)luminousity…which I do not recognise so often in live…
    Iwas very much in love…my loved one left me….Life (happines) seemed to have ended here, heart bleeding, but great challenge to let go of attachment …even though in my heart I still want to reunite and be of help to also this man… Now find new challenges in life, find strenght to practice a little and help myself and others around me …that I suffer is probably also because I commited a lot of negative (un-ethical)deeds …which I slowely now can confess and purify..In my heart I do not believe completely that death does seperate friends and loved ones, I cannot believe that…maybe that is my difficulty in accepting impermanence as real impermanence…always hope and believe it all ‘comes’ good…like in a fairy-tail…I’m “very naíve”, think I know better than Arya Shantideva…so good to study and exchange experience about what … live and death really are. Sorry, I expressed so long…Solong…marlou
    so lot to discuss.

    1. Jeff Holloway

      Hi Marlou –

      Thanks so much for replying! I believe that the Bodhicharyavatara is a very practical guide to the everyday concerns we all face, just like the ones you mention in your post. I am devoting all my dharma study time for a little over a year to delving into this book to see how it might help in my own life. I’d love to have a little study group here in the shedra to share my efforts with.

      So I’m going to copy your post to the Discussion Board and reply to it there. I understand from your opening that you aren’t committing to deep and frequent discussions, which is fine. I just think we students of the Bodhicharyavatara need a place where we can share our thoughts, concerns, and difficulties in applying the lessons. I hope others will join in.

      – Jeff

  5. paula proenca

    hello dear Rinpoche
    I’m very sorry but I’m hearing your teaching with a little delay, so I don´t know if you can answer me. My question is about the purification of others deeds. Sometimes someone that we like commit a very wrong action, how can we help him to purifie and leed him to do positive things? through compassion, logical arguments?
    Once again thank you very much for all the precious time you gave us, and for the opportunity to be better beings.

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