BA5_29-33 How to Practice Vigilant Introspection


With video BA5_29-33 Rinpoche explains stanzas 29 to 33 of the fifth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, which are about the actual practice of vigilant 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. 173-175.

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1 thought on “BA5_29-33 How to Practice Vigilant Introspection

  1. Lynda

    Dear Rinpoche,
    I am trying to understand the difference between having a punishing form of conscience which gives rise to guilt, and the kind of conscience I think you are describing which can guide you so that you know how to act positively. Sorry if this is not very clear; I think I am confused about this so I would be very grateful if you could comment.
    thank you, Lynda

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