Rinpoche outlines the structure of the whole text:
The first three chapters describe the meaning of Bodhicitta; chapters four to six give instructions on maintaining it; chapters five to seven show how it can be increased, and the last chapter of the book is on the importance of dedication.
In this session he brings a contemporary perspective to the first three chapters. It points to what Bodhicitta means in the current crisis: when our basic needs for survival are not ours alone but relate to every being on the planet: he says the principle elements of air, warmth, water and air must be kept in balance; and we must reconnect with the deeply intuitive feelings of love and compassion which are essential to wellbeing. The corona virus is teaching us, it knows no borders and is highlighting what is most important–our common humanity–and the pettiness of conflict.
Rinpoche discusses the awakening of fearlessness and resulting stability that arises when we act out of love with a common purpose, for the greater good of all and with no expectation. When we awaken compassionate fearless attitude it is empowering: it has always been there and it is imperative now that the future is so uncertain.
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Rinpoche’s original recording in English:
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