Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 8: Meditation
In this session Rinpoche returns to V83, to reiterate a salient point, that if one millionth of the energy a person puts into chasing their desires were invested in a training on the path to enlightenment, that aim would have been easily achieved.
Instead, Shantideva now says, we turn greed and attachment like a poisonous weapon onto ourselves and like a fire it intensifies as it burns, bringing endless pain and suffering.
If we were take ourselves to a remote place in a natural environment amongst trees and wildlife that are away from the sources of our attachment to objects of defilement––as great masters of all traditions have done in the past, we would find that we have less temptation and thus fewer reasons to react badly: the conditions that cause negativity would not arise. This solitude naturally creates freedom from attachment, openness and a joyful mind.
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