BA1_21-26 Proving the Benefits by Reasoning


WRinpoche kindly explains in this teaching (BA15/BA1_21-26) the stanzas 21-26 of the first chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. Here the limitless benefits of aspiration bodhichitta are proved by reasoning.

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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. 56-58.

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4 thoughts on “BA1_21-26 Proving the Benefits by Reasoning

  1. Lynda

    Rinpoche, it is a great happiness to have the shedra teachings back again! Could you please say something about the story of the son called Daughter quoted by Kunzang Pelden in his commentary as I find it rather strange and hard to relate to?
    thank you,

  2. Lynda

    Rinpoche, I have a question about stanza 23 which begins:
    “Could our father or our mother
    Ever have so generous a wish?”
    As a parent, I am aware of wishing all good things for my daughter, especially happy relationship, interesting job etc, but I am also aware that this kind of wishing actually causes me a lot of suffering, when I fear she will not get these things. Since beginning to study these teachings, I realise that if I can wish her just to be free from suffering, this leaves me a better state of mind. Can this still be bodhicitta even though I feel it is me who is benefitting?
    thank you,

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