BA3_11-12 Mind Training and Its Importance


With video teaching BA3_11-12 we come to the section of mind training, which is the second of the two preparations required in order to take hold of bodhichitta, the first being the 7-branch practice and refuge, which were discussed in the previous teachings. Here Rinpoche explains stanzas 11 and 12 of the third chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. These two stanzas are about the actual mind training and why it is so important.

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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. 125-128.

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2 thoughts on “BA3_11-12 Mind Training and Its Importance

  1. isabel rodrigues

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Everything I have learned has come from an awareness of my body’s sensations and feelings. Remembering the humble origins of the body as particles of dust, makes me a good disciple of life, sharing with others in the most positive way. In every loss of health and possessions, may I find new ways to give more than I have received _ is that the meaning of the wish to give my body and possessions?
    I’m not prepared to give up all that I have built.
    Thank you for your kindness.

  2. Lynda

    Rinpoche, when I first read these stanzas it seemed to me that they implied an attitude of self-sacrifice, something very extreme, but when I listened to your explanation it seemed as if you are talking about a middle way; that you give everything to others but at the same time you take care of your self. Is that a correct understanding? Maybe the idea of self-sacrifice is more implicit in Western culture and religion, and in Buddhism there is a more balanced view?
    thank you,

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