Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 7: Diligence
In verses 11 – 13 of chapter 7 on Diligence we continue examining laziness and how it manifests in our life. Rinpoche talks about the way we tend to rest into our comfort zones when things are going well, and how this traps us into using up the great merit from the past that brought us this privileged life.
He discusses the probability of our having lived many times before, how we can imagine those past lives and the reasons that our current laziness or lack of diligence can impact negatively on ourselves and others in the future. These verses draw on the previous ones, reinforcing the necessity to remain alert and useful for our selves and others, so that at the time of death –especially when it is unexpected– we don’t feel regret for our negative actions, or inaction. We can live usefully even in small ways and these small acts will accumulate as drops in the ocean of merit.
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