BA1 Motivation


Rinpoche has very kindly sent the first video teaching on the Bodhicharyavatara (BA1). It is about the motivation in our study and in everything we do.

To view the video, simply click on the image to view all the Chapter 1 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 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. The page numbers of Khenpo Kunpal’s book will be given in each post from this onwards.

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19 thoughts on “BA1 Motivation

  1. Yumma

    Thank you very much Rinpoche!

    About our way of interacting, may we comment also questions of our fellow friends on this page or only on the debate page?
    For exemple about what Joana is asking? If one of us wishes to say something about her question is it welcome to comment it here?

    Your teaching reminded me of the 7 Points of Mind Training : ” all activities should be done with the intention of helping others” and in another translation ” Do all activities with one intention”. What I have experienced is that if my intention is sincere and if I always come back to the main motivation as a direction for all the other activities – as one would travel on a boat in a certain direction but sometimes winds change – even though I do make mistakes and if it happens that I spell out negativity through habitual patterns, the long term result seems to come out ok. As if the motivation itself was kind of “programmed” and that slowly the mind is seeking for it’s best way to get to that main purpose. I mean, not only consciously, but also out of a growing intuition.

    Is that true Rinpoche? Is that the reason why it is the first teaching?

  2. Waltraud

    Thank you Rinpoche for the words of meditation and our live. Every words make clear,
    how great our change is, to go with you these very important way with the goal to be a
    Bodhisattva. I wish you the best

  3. sanna

    Thank you Rinpoche. I’ve changed my life and my profession to make everything I do more meaningful and it has brought me great happiness, as you said would happen.

  4. tenzin choepel

    Many thanks Rinpoche for giving all of us the opportunity to listen to your teachings and for your encouragement to develop the right motivation. By some good fortune I too am able to take part in this great adventure and I cannot repay your kindness enough

  5. lynda miller

    Rinpoche, I think I have a question arising out of your teaching on motivation. When I reflect on my own motivation I think that when my motivation is good there is an open, generous feeling, and when it is not good, it feels like a contraction in upon myself, a selfish, closed in feeling. Could you kindly explain to me how this is connected with bodhichitta? I think that perhaps I am not really sure what bodhichitta is; I know it means something like the mind of enlightenment but could you please help me to understand it in a less abstract way?
    many thanks,

  6. Annette Tamuly

    Thank you, Rinpoche, for your inspiring words! It is a great blessing for all of us to follow your teaching directly. My question is this: sometimes out motivation may be genuine, but it is misunderstood by others. There is this story about a poor woman who went to great pains to prepare a wonderful meal for all her people thinking that they would be quite happy to be together and share a hearty meal. So, without telling anybody, she saved the little money she had, planted vegetables in her garden eating very little herself. But she finally was very disappointed and sad when after the feast, all the family members turned their back on her thinking that all she wanted was to show off and make them feel more wretched. What would you tell to this woman?

  7. Nadja

    Thank you Rinpoche. Actually, the aspiration to be of help to others is what brought me to Buddhism some years ago. I love how you explain that this motivation is not just a good start of study or practice, but of everything we do. And that although we may not see the results, it’s just so important to keep in our hearts.
    I’m very much looking forward to studying together.

  8. karmapagden

    Thankyou Rinpoche, the understanding I recieved from hearing it this time has led to slightly more understanding of the difference between optimism and positive motivation. For some reason it reminded me of section of a talk you gave about pessimism, optimism and realism.

  9. raquel garcia arroyo

    Dear Ringu Tulku and students(as I am).
    Thank you very much for motivation teaching.
    This 12:47 min. teaching really works!

    If I really understand the message, you are asking people help, to translate into anothers languages.
    Did I understand it? Can regular (not Masters) people help to translate Holy Scriptures?
    If thats ok, I will be able from heart, to help with my spanish.
    If my Ego has just been mistaken, just
    thank you again, because it means that I´ll been teached twice.
    lots of Love.

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