BA5_13-17 Mind Is The Source of All Positive Things


With video BA5_13-17 Rinpoche continues the section on how all positive things also come from the mind. The paramitas of patience, diligence, meditation and wisdom are discussed here with stanzas 13 to 17 of the fifth 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 5 page.

We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 5, 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. 169-170.

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3 thoughts on “BA5_13-17 Mind Is The Source of All Positive Things

  1. Sam Shepperd

    Dear Rinpoche,

    (Submitted by Sam Shepperd for Travis Edwards)
    In one of the teachings in The Way of the Bodhisattva there is a statement everything comes from the mind. But in the book Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness there seems to be another stage of learning involving luminosity beyond the mind. Could you please share your insight since I believe these contradict?

    Thank you! Travis Edwards, Tulsa, Oklahoma

  2. Lynda

    dear Rinpoche, I have been trying to understand better the paramita of patience and how this relates to the arising of anger. Does patience in this context mean a sustained state of mindfulness that doesnt get disturbed by anger? Is it that you perceive the anger but you manage not to react to it?
    thank you

  3. Pat Little

    Dear Rinpoche,
    In Chapter 5, verse 15, the state of your mind is seen as more important than acts of body and speech. However, does not a truly stable mind spontaneously generate positive acts? Are not one’s actions the natural fruit of the state of one’s mind, positive giving rise to positive and negative to negative? Please would you comment.
    Thank you,
    Pat Little

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