BA5_84-90 How to Work for the Benefit of Others. Part 1


Now we come to the third shila, which is the discipline of working for the benefit of other beings. There are three topics concerning this. With video BA5_84-90 Rinpoche discusses the first two: abiding in working for the benefit of others, and the actual giving of material things and teachings. These are stanzas 84 to 90 of the Fifth Chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, Vigilant Introspection.

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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. 189-191.

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2 thoughts on “BA5_84-90 How to Work for the Benefit of Others. Part 1

  1. Yumma Mudra

    Dearest Rinpoche, deep gratitude for all your teachings and for this wonderful Shedra. Please can you help me to understand which is the best, or several ways, to help properly people the way they really need and not so much the way I think they need? or how to avoid too much mistakes? As you have always helped me so much, and I can also see that your teachings and support are powerfully helping all the Sangha and much more than our Sangha, I am asking you please to give us an advice about how to properly delevop the skill to help others just the way they really need and not to give the wrong tool, the wrong commentary, or too much or too less? I suppose it is a matter of our own practice and how much my practice is a genuine one, but maybe there are also ways to improve the communication, the “output” for the students, and be more helpful as a teacher ? Thank you very much Rinpoche, Yumma.

  2. David

    Dear Rinpoche, I have a question about stanza 87 when you say that we shouldn’t give anything that could possibly harm us or that we could regret. As I am limited in money (like almost everybody), I was happy to find out that I could practice giving with the cells of my blood and my bone marrow. A donation of platelets is unpleasant, but the donation of bone marrow is said to be potentially really painful. Moreover, a general anaesthesia can be dangerous though problems are rare. Until now, I was convinced that it was totally OK (something unpleasant to me to save the life of someone else), but a doubt has appeared with your comments on stanza 87. Could you please say a word about that. Thank you very much again for your kind and relaxed teachings of the supreme medicine.

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