BA3_23-24 Taking the Bodhisattva’s Vows


With video BA3_23-24, we have come to the actual taking of the Bodhisattva’s vows. Here Rinpoche explains stanzas 23 to 24 of the third 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 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. 130-132.

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3 thoughts on “BA3_23-24 Taking the Bodhisattva’s Vows

  1. pemawanggyal72

    Dear Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. I thank you very much for making these precious teachings accessible to us. They are very inspiring. My question is regarding merit ” Is it possible to destroy the merit with anger or hatred once it has been dedicated? ” I’m sorry if this question is late as I know you have already taught and answered questions on merit. I hope you can clarify this for me.

  2. Claire Trueman

    Dear Rinpoche
    My question concerns the three types of Bodhisattvas motivations,:- know matter which Bodhisattva motivation you have; to bring happiness & enlightnement to others before you reach enlightenment, or together or first, don’t you have to have an element of realisation/skillful means (compassion & wisdom) yourself in order to truly help others? (King-like Bodhisattva?)
    On the other hand as the Dharma teaches us we are the only ones who can change our samsaric state of mind, no one can do that for us, so by our own efforts we can reach enlightenment, although we may receive great teachings, help, advice along the way by great teachers and masters they can only point us in the right direction, doesn’t it have to come from our own experience, from us?
    Hope you understand what I’m trying to ask, your thoughts would be most weclome, Thank you Claire x

  3. Lynda

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for these very inspiring comments on the Bodhisattava’s vows. My question is about daily practice, making the Dharma central in my everyday life. What is the best way to keep the Bodhisattva vow in the front of my mind, whatever I am doing? I am also just starting to do the Ngondro practices so I am aspiring to think about the precious human life as much as possible. Is it alright to put these two together in my mind (Bodhisattva vow and precious human life) so that whenever I think of one, I also think of the other?
    thank you,

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