BA5_34-44 Maintaining the Purity of Our Actions


Regarding the training of our mind on action with mindfulness and awareness, there are the three shilas or precepts in the Mahayana discipline: to refrain from doing negative deeds, to accumulate positive deeds and to help beings.

Refraining from negative deeds is discussed in two points: how to maintain the purity of the actions of body, speech and mind; and how to maintain the training of abstaining from negative action.

With video BA5_34-44 Rinpoche gives a commentary on stanzas 34 to 44 of the fifth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, covering the first of these two points.

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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. 175-177.

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4 thoughts on “BA5_34-44 Maintaining the Purity of Our Actions

  1. Jim

    And thanks for all you do to make these teachings available! I’ve built web pages before (A long time ago), and I know how much fun it is to make sure everything works. Thanks again,


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