Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 7: Diligence
In this talk Rinpoche continues to elaborate on Verse 3 of the Bodhicharyavatara chapter on Diligence, reminding us that nothing will happen unless we make it happen, so persevering in our effort to change our lazy habits is the key. We must be motivated, and prepared to fail, and fail again. It is also very important to understand that we can’t fix the problems of the world through prayer or action alone, no matter how much we’d like to.
Suffering happens because of human nature, in the way we act and react without proper understanding. There will always be pestilence, disease, wars; however while suffering is preventable when we see how samsara is created, it is inevitable as long as people think and act blindly. This understanding can be realised by diligently working on ourselves to shake off our basic ignorance and is what the Buddha discovered for himself while sitting under the Bodhi tree.
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