Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 7: Diligence
In these verses, we are instructed to consider death and uncertainty, of change and impermanence, to consider that we never know how much time we have left and how procrastination can lead to the loss of opportunity and feelings of failure and unaccountability when faced with our own death. We are given a great opportunity, and through countering laziness with diligence and the right motivation we can be of benefit to others as well as ourselves in this and future lives.
These next verses take no prisoners – there is no avoiding the Lord of Death, his visit is inevitable, so do we want to face him with fear and regret for things not accomplished or half done? Or have we made the most of every opportunity to practise diligently in life and know at any time we can we meet him eye to eye, to surrender in confidence?
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