BA1_11-12 More Examples Demonstrating the General Benefits of Bodhichitta


In this teaching (BA10/BA1_11-12), the next two of the five examples demonstrating the general benefits of generating bodhichitta are explained by Rinpoche. These two examples–a precious jewel and a fruit-bearing, wish-fulfilling tree–are given in stanzas 11 and 12 of the first chapter. The first example, alchemy, was explained in the previous teaching.

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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. 48-49.

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3 thoughts on “BA1_11-12 More Examples Demonstrating the General Benefits of Bodhichitta

  1. Lynda

    thank you Rinpoche for this teaching which I find very inspiring, but my question is by what kind of process does a transformation take place from learning about bodhicitta and trying to practice it by way of ordinary kind deeds, to really developing true bodhicitta so that everything you do is with this motivation and it permeates your whole life?
    best regards

  2. isabel rodrigues

    Dear Rinpoche
    My english is not so good. These two stanzas are very inspiring; Bodhicitta is so precious, like a jewel or a miraculous fruit tree; It’s a so precious alchemic substance that we are never sure if we get it. Just thinking the word, put me in a state of mind more balance to help others. It’s very difficult to give good advises; the adviser needs the advised, so, I try to share in silence this exceptional substance… and the problem usualy flows in a creative way and the interconnection sounds more human, even if don’t know exactly what Bodhicitta is.
    Thank you for your Kindness

  3. ledain


    I have two questions :
    . I don’t understand why Shantideva says : « All other virtues (…) produce their fruit, and then their force is spent ». In effect, any virtue which inspires a positive deed leaves a print (samskara) in our mind and that prepares us to do more positive deeds.

    . I would like to know if I understand well the mécanism that confers Bodhicitta his incommensurable strength. If I do a positive thing, this générates a positive fruit. If I dédicate this mérit to all sentient beings, this dédication générates new mérits, and so on, unlimitless. In that way Bodhicitta générates an endless multiplication of fruits for others beings and for me. Is that the right process ?

    Thank you very much, Rinpoché
    Christian Ledain

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