BA5_23 Maintaining Mindfulness and Introspection


With video BA5_23 Rinpoche gives a commentary on stanza 23 of the fifth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. This is Shantideva’s request, for himself and all who, like him, want to help themselves, to maintain mindfulness and introspection/awareness in order to guard their minds.

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If you prefer listening to the teaching in audio, use the audio player below.

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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. 172.

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3 thoughts on “BA5_23 Maintaining Mindfulness and Introspection

  1. van hoorn marlou

    Precious Lama Rinpoche, Attentively I listened with Namgyala (friend from Tibet who lives in Holland since about 10 years now) to your online explanation of the verses of chapter 5 . And hereby I’ m happy to inform you that -with some certainty and stability- ” I finally start to get it and change for the best”. My mind is more calm, more peaceful, more content, more compassionate. It is mostly not the outer people or circumstances that are difficult, it’s my own clinging, grasping and attachment to them that make them ‘evil’ . Isn’t it? But in fact, good hearted friends, help and guide us exactedly the way that is necessary for us to change. I admire the courage of honest, direct people, who in difficult circumstances take difficult decisions and stay with it. They really show character.
    And with the help and research in some Astrology books I discoverd how and were it’s also good to change for the best, f.i. as a belier…it’s good to be more humble and satisfied. I wish you much pleasure and succes with traveling and staying in different places in Europe this spring and summer. Hope to meet you here or there again. kind regards, Marlou

  2. van hoorn marlou

    Sorry, hereby I need to correct what I write above: of course it’s for instance my grasping and/or clinging that makes ‘me’ evil and not ‘ them’. The word ‘evil’ is also somewhat heavy and as Rinpoche also explained before origianally not from the Buddhist scriptures…but here you know what I mean: less open, friendly, wise and compassionate which when it takes too long…can become really painful though. Best wishes for all:)

  3. pemawanggyal72

    Dear Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Thank you so much for these rare and precious teachings that you are offering to us all. I truely feel very lucky to have this opportunity to study with you online. It is rare indeed. A question that comes to my deluded mind is this, ‘ if the mind is the source of all positive and negative experiences then is it possible to have only postive thoughts or virtuous thoughts all the time even if very negative things happen to us ‘ ? And also does vigilant introspection and mindfullness involve spending time resting in shamatha even in our daily activities? Surely we can’t spend our day resting in shamatha? If we have negative thoughts of others then I guess we confess them. Peace and love Pema Wang Gyal.

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