BA2_47-53 Power of Support


With this video (BA2_47-53) Rinpoche gives an explanation on stanzas 47 to 53 of the second chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. After the first one, which was regret, the second power or strength of confession and purification is the power of support or reliance.

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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. 107-111.

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3 thoughts on “BA2_47-53 Power of Support

  1. Lynda

    Rinpoche, could you please explain exactly how we can dedicate our practice to the purification of negative karma? I can understand from your explanation of these stanzas why it is very important to do this but I am not sure that I know how to do it. So far I have just been trying to let go of negative thoughts and emotions and not act on them (sometimes successfully, sometimes not!) and to generate more positive actions, but does purification involve something more than this?
    thank you,

  2. Lynda

    Rinpoche, I have another question. I have just listened again to BA2Q5 because it is also about refuge (stanza 26) and because I found your answer to the second question very inspiring and beautiful; about how we should remember to pray to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Is this the context in which purification of negative karma can take place, that is, in the presence of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in our minds?
    thank you,

  3. Eleine

    Thank you so much Rinpoche for these teachings, they are so clear and helpful… and perfectly timely. Thanks also to my shedra colleagues for all the questions posted, many reflecting questions I didn’t even realize I had…! With much appreciation for these precious opportunities to learn.

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