With video BA5_18-22 Rinpoche explains stanzas 18 to 22 of the fifth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara. Now that we understand that all negative things – the sources of our suffering and pain – as well as all positive things – the sources of our happiness, peace and liberation – both are our mind itself, it is important to train and guard the mind. Guarding the mind with mindfulness and vigilant introspection is the discipline and the practice of dharma.
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Dear Rinpoche, thank you for these very important teachings. I have two questions.
The first question is about stanzas 19 and 20 in which Shantideva refers to the mind as a wound. Does he mean that just the samsaric mind is a wound in the sense of the 3 poisons, because the true nature of the mind surely is not a wound in any sense?
The second question is about stanza 22. Does this mean that if you are having a very difficult time because of losing your job or finding that you have a serious illness, the best way to deal with this is to be vigilant and careful about your state of mind, then you are better able to deal with the practical aspects?
kindest regards, Lynda