Verse One of this final chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara begins the instruction on dedication. Rinpoche explains what is entailed in offering an authentic dedication which goes beyond the habit of a recitation of words, emphasising the need for understanding and believing in the possibility that brings one’s dedication to bear fruit. He reminds us to visualise a cloud of enlightened beings in front of us, because it is the power of the Three Jewels waiting to be called upon to aid us in our quest to reach the bodhisattva ideal that makes our practice effective, and it is the four aspects that we engage with, step by step in dedicating our practice and positive actions: aspiration, intention, commitment alongside the power of the Buddhas, that provides the force that brings result.
Dedicating positive practice is essential to gathering merit, one of the two accumulations, and through engaging the power of the three jewels we will not exhaust ourselves and will receive help beyond measure.
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