BA5_2-8 How All Harm Comes From Our Mind


With video BA5_2-8 Rinpoche begins the detailed explanation on the importance of guarding our mind with vigilant introspection. Stanzas from 2 to 8 of the fifth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara cover the first of three points in this section: how all problems and harm come from our untrained mind.

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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. 165-168.

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1 thought on “BA5_2-8 How All Harm Comes From Our Mind

  1. Lynda

    dear Rinpoche, my question is about stanza 5 that refers to the mind as being the source of all anxiety, fear and pain: if I feel very anxious about something that seems to me to be external to my mind eg a family member, a work situation, does this stanza mean that it is the distorted image inside my mind of the external situation that is actually the cause of the anxiety?
    thank you

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