BA3_7-10 Dedication


Here (BA3_7-10) Rinpoche gives a teaching on the last of the eight preliminaries: dedication. These are the stanzas from 7 to 10 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. 123-124.

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3 thoughts on “BA3_7-10 Dedication

  1. David

    These teachings match the seven branch prayer. In the one I’m used to recite there is an added part where we ask the blessings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to develop like them love and compassion for every being.
    I would like to know if it takes place like an eighth (or ninth with refuge) branch, and what it means. The concept of blessing is very common in all religions, but I must admit that I don’t understand it that much.
    Thank you again Rinpoche.

  2. Lynda

    dear Rinpoche, when I first listened to your explanation of these stanzas on dedication I felt a bit despondent because I could not imagine that I will ever achieve such a high level of altruism. However I have just listened to BA3Q2, and in your answer to the second question you talk about the seed or essence of bodhicitta that is in all of us; this makes me feel much more hopeful. I usually think about the 3 poisons as being in my mind, so is the essence of bodhicitta something that is deeper than the 3 poisons, that will become more apparent as we are better able to purify our minds?
    thank you
    ps I found your answers to all the questions in BA3Q2 very moving, thank you for this too.

  3. meriel

    Dear Rinpoche
    Would you say a little more about how I might apply stanza 9 as practice, please? It seems accessible to beginners through action such as offering food, making donations towards famine appeals etc? I’m sure there are many levels, but the stanza seems to be committing to much more. Until I gain more experience, perhaps I can recognise that the vow is to continue to work in every possible way for the end of suffering of all beings, some of which I don’t yet understand?

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