BA1_20 Proving the Benefits by Scripture


Ringu Tulku Rinpoche explains in this video (BA14/BA1_20) the 20th stanza of the first chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. This stanza refers to another text – the sutra requested by Subahu – where the Buddha taught the 4 limitless aspects of bodhichitta. Those aspects are the reason why the merit of generating active bodhichitta in one’s mind is also limitless.

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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.

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5 thoughts on “BA1_20 Proving the Benefits by Scripture

  1. Lynda

    Rinpoche, thank you for this teaching which I think begins to give me the faintest glimmer of hope of understanding what is bodhicitta. The question this gives rise to is how does bodhicitta link to the experience of meditating on compassion? I think what I mean is can a meditation on compassion and the experience that engenders be used to strengthen bodhicitta?
    thank you

  2. alistair

    Dear Rinpoche, Thank you for your wonderful teachings, explaining Shantideva’s text to us. I hope you will be able to teach us forty times as well! I have a question: We learn that the Boddhisatvas like Manjushri, Tara and Chenrezig made particular Boddhichitta aspirations (the Medicine Buddha made twelve different aspirations for example) regarding how they wanted to help in a particular way. The long term benefit to supplicating them is enlightenment but in the short term we can receive quite quickly the benefits of these particular aspirations (eg wisdom, fearlessness, freedom from illness, etc) which seems to be a tremendous help for beings. Should we as aspiring Boddhisattvas also make particular aspirations as long as it doesnt limit our ‘limitless’ aspiration? I can think of many particular aspirations that might be helpful in our current world condition, eg care for the environment/animals/resources, curing addictions/cravings, curing mental illnesses/depression, eradicating hunger/poverty, eradicating opression, etc. Many thanks for your precious time and compassion, Alistair.

  3. Lynda

    Rinpoche, can the aspiration to generate active bodhicitta be understood in terms of the true purpose of human life? I think by this I mean that is enlightenment for all sentient beings the ultimate reason for our existence? Or am I mixing up different western and eastern philosophies/religions by conceptualizing it in this way?
    thank you,

  4. alistair

    Dear Rinpoche, In the creation phase of the sadhanas, if we imagine all the beings between ourselves and the deity, receiving the blessings, is this a good method for encouraging Boddhichitta in our minds, thank you for your kind wisdom, Alistair

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