BA5_54-55 The Nine Points of Practicing Virtue


After a summer break we continue with video BA5_54-55, which Rinpoche sent after returning from the teaching tour. This is a teaching on stanzas 54 and 55 of the Fifth Chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara and the Nine Points of Practicing Virtue.

To view the video, simply click on the image to view all the Chapter 5 videos.

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. 180-181.

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2 thoughts on “BA5_54-55 The Nine Points of Practicing Virtue

  1. Lynda

    Dear Rinpoche, it is great to have the Shedra again, thank you. My question is about how best to cultivate the 9 virtues? In stanza 54, I feel that I am only too familiar with taking note of my defilements and pointless efforts, but in stanza 55, I am not so familiar with taking note of positive qualities. Is it just a matter of keeping these qualities in mind and aiming to cultivate them at every opportunity?
    warmest regards

  2. van hoorn marlou

    Please Rinpoche and all sangha-friends, good to hear your teachings again, it is most helpful to learn how to make people, sentient beings happy and stay firm in that. What always helps very much is following the example of the noble ones, worldy and spiritual and as much as possible seeking company of good people, the sangha, who are an perfect example. Thank you.
    May I -in addition to probably more requests from the Kagyu sangha in Holland- also ask you to keep the young, wonderful woman: Vera van Bruggen, in your heartfelt prayers. Vera is and was the attendant, translator of Lama Gawang Rinpoche in Holland, Friesland. A very smart and kind woman, who died very unexpectedly on Sunday the 23th of September due to heart failure. We’re asked to recite as much ‘mani’ mantras for Vera as we can and do practices we know. Maybe this advice came also from you Rinpoche? Vera was of course, since she lived more than 20 years so closely with Lama, familiar with powa practice and bardo teachings and many other practices of course, like Tara and Chenrezig. She was young kind and intelligent and a great support and it is a great loss for her family and friends, the sangha-community and ‘her lama’. Thank you very much. respect to all, marlou.

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