BA1_15-16 Classification of Bodhichitta


With this teaching ( BA12/stanzas BA1_15-16) Rinpoche talks briefly about the different ways of categorizing bodhichitta and the five causes and conditions that can awaken the bodhichitta in us. The two kinds of bodhichitta– the bodhichitta in intention and the active bodhichitta–are introduced to us in stanzas 15 and 16.

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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 1 page.

We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 1, 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. 51-55.

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2 thoughts on “BA1_15-16 Classification of Bodhichitta

  1. Lynda

    Rinpoche, thank you for teaching BA12. I have a question about aspiring to generate bodhicitta to help people know lasting happiness and freedom from suffering. Although I understand this to mean enlightenment, I think that the people I wish this for usually have a different understanding of what it means to be happy eg good relationships, interesting job, nice house, having enough money to live well etc, but not enlightenment. Is it not a problem to be wishing something for other people that they do not consciously wish for themselves, indeed may even say they definitely dont want if I asked them?

  2. res

    This question is from Ruth. I appreciate you may have answered it before – but if so I have missed it.

    Along with the Bodhicharyavatara, I have been rereading a book written by the Ven. Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche entitled ‘Progressive stages of Meditation on Emptiness’ which explains the different ways in which the Buddhas teachings are organised (including the three Vehicles, the numerous schools and the Three turnings of the Wheel of Dharma). I would very much like to know where and how the teachings of Shantideva fit in with these thought systems, if at all.

    Thank you for your kindness in answering our questions.

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