BA5_45-49 Protecting the Training from Declining. Part 1.


With video BA5_45-49 Rinpoche explains stanzas 45 to 49 of the Fifth Chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. This begins the second point of the two introduced in the previous teaching: how to maintain the abstaining from negative actions with the tool of mindfulness and awareness. In this section Shantideva mentions 27 sources of misconduct, states of mind we should be aware and mindful of and not react with, and here we go through nine of them.

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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. 178-179.

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5 thoughts on “BA5_45-49 Protecting the Training from Declining. Part 1.

  1. pemawanggyal72

    Dear Rinpoche, I am very interested to know in more depth what you have mentioned regarding cutting of grass. I understand monks and nuns should not do this but I am a householder and am wondering if it is ok to cut my parents grass for them? I do not really want to do this as I don’t want to kill insects. But from what you say it is ok for me to cut the grass for them mindfully? Thank you so much.

  2. annie

    Dear Rinpoche

    I do not have a question, but just wanted to express my immense thanks for all the teachings you have been posting every week. It is such a privilege to be able to receive your frequent teachings from so far away( Cape Town), especially for those of us not fortunate enough to be able to share in your teachings in person this summer .It is as though you were sitting here in person in my lounge imparting your words of wisdom which are always so pertinent to modern day living and always remind me of how much I still have to work on myself and my habitual reactions.
    So THANK YOU, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart
    With love as always

  3. Lynda

    Dear Rinpoche
    thank you for your very clear and helpful explanation of these stanzas with all the subtle differentiations of the negative emotions. I have a question about pride because I think in other teachings you have indicated that when westerners become very self-critical and experience ourselves as being bad and unworthy, there is actually an underlying unconscious overestimation of how good or important we are, and we suffer when we feel we have failed to live up to this (I hope I have understood this correctly so this question makes sense). The question is whether it is the “puffed-up” or “haughty” form of pride at work here ie an inflated sense of self?
    thank you

  4. van hoorn marlou

    Thank you Rinpoche, some people have an almost natural ‘talent’ to remain as
    a piece of wood, especially when I-me with my ego-clinging emotions- come along. This is not just a joke, to my shame it’s through. I blush and sweat while listening to the details of this teachings on Shantideva’s incredible guide to a Bodhisattva’s way of life. But I liked your comments on stanza 45 that in case of paying attention to someone sick or lonely, one may engage in more social behaviour without too much of clinging to it or becoming just habituated to it.
    I’d better try to follow the good examples of those who don’t let themselves in with any negativity, like insinuations, complaints, accusations etc. and remember these teachings well and apply them.
    Please accept a little offering for the Rigul people in Tibet in return, whereby at least a dharma friend and I can make some merit more easily:) With love and prayers for your good health and long life, Marlou

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