BA3_25-28 Rejoicing in Taking the Vows (Part 1)


With this video BA3_25-28, Rinpoche explains stanzas 25 to 28 of the third chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. These stanzas are the beginning of the section on rejoicing after having taken the Bodhisattva’s vows. First we are rejoicing for ourselves.

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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. 133.

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2 thoughts on “BA3_25-28 Rejoicing in Taking the Vows (Part 1)

  1. Lynda

    thank you for this Rinpoche, it is indeed very inspiring. It makes me wish very strongly that I could hold the Bodhisattva vow in the front of my mind all the time so that it informs all my thoughts and actions. Is it a question of remembering to do this, as in being mindful, so that when I notice that it is no longer in my mind and I have become distracted, I just need to remember again?
    I hope the situation is beginning to improve in Sikkim after the earthquake.

  2. van hoorn marlou

    Namasté Rinpoche, very fortunate to receive these teachings and
    also happy to see you, Rinpoche in good health and teaching happily, strongly and
    encouraging again.
    We just studied before in these chapter 3 of the Bodhicharyavatara on how we aspire
    and make prayers in stanzas 19 until 22 in a sense that we may be a wish-fulfilling gem,
    the medicine, the nurse a bridge, a boat an island, a slave, the protector, the source of life for all those in need, and then this terribel sad earthquake happened in Sikkim. And then we are so far to help and all we can do is to pray for the people and make donnations (which I did through the Red Cross)…and Rinpoche probably helped immediately so much in the spirit of the above verses, and I wrote and asked organisations how and if they helped there, The Red Cross and Doctors without Borders they even answered that they did an analysation of the situation in Sikkim and found out that the army there is doing a very good job…I still asked them to support the Hospitals with the many injuries etc. Maybe they come and support there, and or will financially support. Prayers for that. Thank you.

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