BA3_5-6 Requesting the Teachings & Requesting the Enlightened Beings to Stay


With this video (BA3_5-6) Rinpoche explains the next two branches of accumulation practices, as given in stanzas 5 and 6 of the third chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. These two are requesting the enlightened beings to turn the wheel of Dharma and requesting them to remain with us.

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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. 121-123.

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2 thoughts on “BA3_5-6 Requesting the Teachings & Requesting the Enlightened Beings to Stay

  1. Lynda

    Rinpoche, thank you for this very inspiring explanation of these two stanzas. At an intuitive level it makes sense to me to pray to all the Buddhas and enlightened beings throughout all time, but sometimes I wonder about in what way do the Buddhas who are not currently in human form in the present time exist? When you speak about different world systems can this be understood in terms of the three “kayas” or is it best not to try to put words to concepts that are beyond ordinary understanding?
    thank you,

  2. Lynda

    Rinpoche, I would like to ask a question related to trying to understand the dharma. When you talked about how we should let go of feelings of jealousy and envy because they are harmful (stanzas 1 – 4), I can see that this makes absolute sense. However I also think that it cannot be that easy because I have a deeply held but possibly erroneous belief that I am a jealous person, that it is part of my identity, so how can I just let it go. Is this because I have an unconscious confusion about the true nature of existence ie that I have a fixed and permanent self?
    thank you,

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