Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 8: Meditation
This next talk brings us to the chapter on Meditation. Rinpoche relates to us that His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers the Bodhicharyavatara to be one of the most important texts to study and, that this chapter on Meditation along with the one on Patience are the two most important chapters in the Bodhicharyavatara. We are told here a little about Patrul Rinpoche’s continual use of the text as the basis for his teachings, and how it was recorded on paper in this form by Kunzang Pelden. His Holiness was taught the text by Kunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, a yogi who really embodied the teaching and taught at the Sanskrit College in Sarnath.
Ringu Tulku says that despite the title, Meditative Concentration, this chapter teaches on compassion and the importance (and difficulty) of cultivating boundless love without attachment. He begins with the first two lines of verse one, which he says are a bridge between this and the previous chapter, citing study and meditation as equally important.
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