With this video (BA3_1-4) we come to the third chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, Taking Hold of Bodhichitta. Here Rinpoche explains stanzas 1 to 4, which cover the fifth branch of the eight accumulation practices: rejoicing. The first four branches — offerings, prostrations, refuge and confession — were discussed in chapter 2. These practices are part of the preliminaries for generating or fully adopting the bodhichitta.
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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 3 page.
We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 3, 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. 119-121.
Rinpoche is mainly using the Padmakara English translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, The Way of the Bodhisattva. Rinpoche has also referred to these two translations which are available online: http://www.kunpal.com, http://www.lotsawahouse.org/bodhicharyavatara.html.
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