In this session Ringu Tulku completes his review of chapters 1 – 5 of the Bodhicharyavatara, which have been taught in more detail in his previous teaching series and are available to watch in the Courses section of the Teachings Archive.
The purpose of the book, he says, is to provide a pathway to liberation from suffering through inner transformation. When we practise these instructions, it can bring a freedom that is informed by wisdom. In turn we see how generating awareness of our actions and responses to lived experience will help us develop a compassionate attitude towards others and help them to arrive at this understanding. It is a teaching on the Six Paramitas.
Rinpoche says the Bodhisattva training is essentially the Eightfold Path. This is a Mahayana text that uses a different approach: the Paramita of Generosity as taught in the first three chapters on Bodhicitta and is developed by making offerings and practising dedication. Chapter 4, Carefulness helps cultivate an understanding of the consequences of our actions, and Chapter 5, Vigilant Introspection trains us to have the capacity to act without need for regret. Guilt, he says is not helpful.
This completes the summary of the first 5 chapters and the first two Paramitas., Generosity and Conduct.
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