BA4_33-35 More on the Faults of Negative Emotions


With video BA4_33-35 we conclude the section on the necessity of carefulness regarding the shortcomings of negative emotions, which are the real target of our practice. This is Rinpoche’s explanation on the stanzas 33 to 35 of the fourth 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 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. 156-157.

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4 thoughts on “BA4_33-35 More on the Faults of Negative Emotions

  1. jackie

    Dear Rinpoche, The time it takes for me to clarify my questions causes me to submit ones from previous commentary by you. Thank you so much for the effort you make. I’ve understood teachings in ways I could not predict and understood things I have argued with myself about for years. Question: Evil is a concept we have when something becomes very bad. Emptiness applies to all phenomena, thus can you clarify my understanding from your commentary that “bodhichitta is the only thing that can over come evil?” If this is so, the “draft” referred to many times in Shantideva’s text, must exist on both Ultimate and relative level of experience being a physical one. Would you kindly share your own experience bringing the Absolute and relative level experience of bodhichitta into one understanding as it overcomes evil? With tremendous gratitude. I’m so pleased your response will be for all time, being said here for us to carry in our hearts for practice. jr

  2. Lynda

    Dear Rinpoche, thank you for the beautiful strength and clarity of this teaching, and for your patience with us for not always getting the point. Is it appropriate to think of anxiety as a negative emotion and to deal with it in the way you describe? You talk about fear which I think must underlie anxiety – is that a correct understanding?
    thank you,

  3. rachel Barcelona

    Dear Master Ringu Tulku Rimpoche;
    So nice to hear you again, we were missing you & your teachings. Not having you on the online shedra these days it has been a wonderfull teaching about ego & attachment, again. So even when you are not there…is such an important teaching. Thank you from heart.
    Love & Prayers

  4. van hoorn marlou

    Rinpoche, I listened again to your teaching today. The habit of negative emotions can be so strong, ignorance, anger and the craving for pleasure (and fear to loose), that I just remember that the practice of Varjasattva is probalbly most appropriate to do, before even writing to Guru Padmasambava:) So I’ll do next. Again and again I sort of ‘negect’ to apply the teachings because ego and uncertainty are so big, and when getting older, I forget the teachings and am easier confused also. Since I’m aware of this I should practice and study more diligent. How good it would be to do a more strict Three Year retreat, and withdraw from all grosser and subtler distractions my mind seems to attract again and again.
    But I have no means to enter into a longer retreat. So what to do? Now I give up my house, and move in a smaller appartment 3high somewhere, and will try to ground and establish a regular practice there. Please grant your blessings for all of us, that we find the best way to deepen our understanding, and find the peace and happiness within ourselves. Thank you very much, with best wishes for your very long life and continuation of the Dharmateachings everywhere, Marlou

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