Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 7: Diligence
In these next three verses we are challenged to look at what we have done in our lives that we can be genuinely proud of. Most of us, the text says, have merely paid lip service to the fundamental gift of human life we were given, and we would be hard put to name deeds or influences we have directed towards the good of others.
Even making offerings to the Buddhas – those to whom we could offer gratitude for their beneficial influence and dedication to teaching us what they have learned. Their wisdom is unquantifiable but still we have not valued it as such, or offered thanks. Or to others who need help, how have we moved ourselves to make life more bearable or tolerable, for those who suffer famine, war and torture, how have we helped?
The most we can say we achieved was to cause terrible pain to our own mothers, first through our birth and then by being insufferably difficult as children.
It begs the question, why have we been thus, and why spurn the hands that feed us on a material and spiritual level?
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