BA2_54-59 Power of Antidote


The third aspect of purification is the power of antidote, which is the topic of stanzas 54 to 59 of the second chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara explained by Rinpoche in this video (BA2_54-59).

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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. 112-115.

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3 thoughts on “BA2_54-59 Power of Antidote

  1. isabel rodrigues

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Self-judgment enhance blaming thoughts and vulnerabilities. It’s important this identification. But I think that I must analyze myself with special care, with mindfulness, and in a state of good inner energy, if I can. Till death I will, probably be, my own refinery, with Buddha and Bodhisattvas as my guides. But I would like to do this with joy and gratefulness as antidote. This state of mind is much better for others and lead me positively. I’m I inadequate relatively the teachings?
    Thank you for precious advice.

  2. Lynda

    Rinpoche, I think I understand why it is so important to be aware of karma and impermanence, but why is it so difficult to purify negative karma? If everything is impermanent and constantly changing, why then is negative karma so intractable and so resistant to change?
    thank you,

  3. isabel rodrigues

    Another question Rinpoche,
    How to regret and purify past live’s negative karma? Ignorance and delay to reach higher degrees of realization? Or, accepting the possibility to had commit pervasive negative deeds, it can generate compassion facing disgusting acts? I’m very confuse about that. My superego avoid that possibility. Thank you.

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