BA5_24-28 The Disadvantages of Not Having Awareness


With video BA5_24-28 Rinpoche explains stanzas 24 to 28 of the fifth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. This begins the section on how to train in vigilant introspection. The first instruction is to reflect on the disadvantages of not having introspection, or awareness.

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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. 172-173.

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1 thought on “BA5_24-28 The Disadvantages of Not Having Awareness

  1. Conrad Harvey

    Dear Rinpoche
    Firstly, thank you for your extended commitment to giving these precious Bodhicitta teachings in such an accessible and modern way.
    My question pertains to stanza 26 of chapter 5, which highlights that the presence of faith, devotion, diligence and learning, may be insufficient, if not accompanied by mental vigilance and introspection as well.
    Possible techniques to transform negative emotions would seem to include: generating a positive state of mind; mindfulness; and resting in the nature of mind (Ultimately the best if one is able?).
    My question relates to the specifically Vajrayana methods of transforming negative emotions into wisdom. Could you please talk about these skilful means techniques, please? Do they involve visualising the Dhyani Buddhas eg Akshobhya/Mitrugpa transforming anger into mirror-like wisdom?
    Thank you
    Conrad/Karma Changchub

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