BA4_2-12 Preventing Our Bodhichitta Aspiration from Degenerating


With video BA4_2-12 we come to the detailed description of carefulness, with three main points to take into consideration: our training; the preciousness of human life; and the mind poisons to be transformed. Here Rinpoche explains stanzas 2 to 12 – actually the first half of stanza 12 – of the fourth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. These stanzas are about the training and especially about preventing our bodhichitta aspiration from degenerating after having taken the vows.

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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 4 page.

We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 4, 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. 1144-148.

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2 thoughts on “BA4_2-12 Preventing Our Bodhichitta Aspiration from Degenerating

  1. Lynda

    dear Rinpoche, thank you for this teaching – I find it very salutary. It has made me examine my practice very carefully to see if I am really being true to the bodhicitta aspiration. Although I certainly have a strong intention, I have the following question about my action. Recently I have felt very angry towards someone I work with and no matter how hard I try I can’t transform this anger (yet) although I am polite to the person. I can wish her lasting peace and happiness in my heart and when I am not with her I can feel compassionate towards her and full of good intentions, but it is still the case that when I see her I feel angry! Is it possible to still have a true bodhicitta aspiration in this situation?
    thank you, Lynda

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