BA2_8-9 Offering of One’s Body


With video teaching BA2_8-9 Rinpoche explains the stanzas 8 and 9 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. 69-70.

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7 thoughts on “BA2_8-9 Offering of One’s Body

  1. pemawanggyal72

    Dear Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Thank you for this precious opportunity to study this wonderful text with you. You are an inspiration to us. Ian Young

  2. Lynda

    Rinpoche, is the state of mind you describe in these two stanzas that which we should aspire to be in if we want to take the bodhisattva vows?
    thank you
    ps all good wishes for your safe travels

  3. van hoorn marlou

    Thank you very much Rinpoche, in continuing these study and reflecting on the stanzas of the Bodhicharyavatara…I’m coming closer to what you explain as the heart of the enlightened mind.
    Here and there I had really difficulty in overcoming attachment and aversion…so that at a certain moment someone much stronger as me, gave me a ‘push’ in the right direction. So that now I have to face reality as it is, and be gratefull for the space and time I can spend to learn and to follow in the footsteps of you, my kind and dearest dharma-masters.

  4. francoiseguillot

    Such complete devotion and surrendering of the self for the wellbeing of others is indeed the most wonderful, and for me the most difficult challenge in the practice of Dharma.My experience is, it´s easyer for me to help people who are not so closed to me then sometimes to be selfless for my own mother, husband, children. This shows me, that i have very much to proof my motivation. Rinpoche: Sometimes we have to choose between bigger tasks and privat life. If the essential point by the practice of Bodhicitta is the motivation, it could be possible that its better to be for ex. a good mother/father or grandmother/father,to be a good friend, than to work on big Dharma projects? Thank You for the great example of a real Bodhisattva You give to us!

  5. Eleine

    Dear Rinpoche, when offering one’s body to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, should I aim to do that through living masters, root gurus, in actions of body (e.g., service), speech (e.g., chanting mantras) and mind (e.g., meditation and prayer), or is it meant mostly as a a mental act of devotion through imagination and faith, offering my body and mind to the mandala of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas? Thank you and wishing you safe travels, Eleine

  6. jackie

    Dearest Rinpoche,
    How do you reconcile reaching all sentient beings through intention of practice with the teaching that even the Buddha’s cannot enlighten us, we must travel the path ourselves , in light of both “interdependence” and the phrase “interdependent origination?
    In my past, it was this lack of confidence in reaching “all” and not just “some” that was responsible for the fault of procrastination of practice and doubt that I could be a great bodhisattva through intention. As I filled with gratitude for your teaching on regarding faults of others as ignorance needing my compassion and not my anger, the root of my past procrastinations became suddenly very clear. I want to understand my faulty past perception more deeply through your wisdom mind. Thank you, Jackie

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