Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 7: Diligence
Here Rinpoche continues to discuss the power of pride as a positive force. With uncompromising clarity Shantideva describes the self confidence that is an essential and positive aspect of pride, when it is informed by right motivation and understanding. There is no attachment, no fear, no selfish sub-plot associated with pride in this context, it is unconditional.
The third of the attributes associated with pride is confident ability. We have the determination and dedication to continue to act like a lion being attacked by foxes, we assume the role of conquerors with the sole purpose of alleviating suffering, our own and that of others. With this confidence in our ability to act appropriately we never succumb to feelings of inadequacy––protecting ourselves from the kleshas as we would protect our own eyes.
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