BA1_6 The General Benefit of Bodhichitta


In this video (BA7/BA1_6), Rinpoche explains the sixth stanza of the first chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara, which is about the general benefit of bodhichitta.

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If you prefer listening to the teaching in audio, use the audio player below.

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The audio as well as the audio translations in different languages and the transcript of this teaching are all available on Chapter 1 page.

We are also studying the commentary transcript on Chapter 1, which you can download here and in the Library section. Further recommended reading: the commentary book by Kunzang Pelden (Khenpo Kunpal), The Nectar of Manjushri’s Speech, p. 46.

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10 thoughts on “BA1_6 The General Benefit of Bodhichitta

  1. olesom

    Dear Rinpoche,

    I appreciate enormously your teachings on Bodhicharyavatara and equally the work of the team that has put this very nice online shedra together. I have the following question:

    In the fifth stanza, when you talk about jumping at the opportunity when virtuous thoughts arise, would you say that one should try to express it through action bodhichitta if one is able to do so in addition to strengthening aspirational bodhichitta through appreciation?

    Kindest regards, Ole

  2. David

    Thank you again Rinpoche for your precious teachings.
    I have a question after listening to your sixth stanza commentary.
    Even in being bouddhist and trying to do my best, I sometimes feel I have a little bit of bodhicitta, but I often realize I have lost it during my daily occupations.
    In this context, how could I feel more confident in the opportunity to find again bodhicitta and Dharma after death, and then, life after life ?

  3. paula proenca

    Thank you Rinpoche.
    listening to the commentary of the sixth stanza I realize that diligence is a very important quality to maintain the aspiration of the bodhichitta, like the yak eating the grass and the eyes laying in the earth ahead, we must think all the time in what we can achieve in the future if we maintain our commitment, and then will be able to continuously generate day by day the bodhichitta. Sorry if I am not correct.

    Kindest regards

  4. lynda miller

    Rinpoche, thank you for the very inspiring teaching on stanza 6. I have a question about why it is that virtue is so weak and evil so strong. Is it like this just in the time we live in (including Shantideva’s time as obviously it was then as he writes about it) or is it always like that? From your concluding remarks in the teaching, it sounds like it could be possible to create a situation in which there is much less suffering so virtue could be stronger than evil in the world. Is that correct?
    thank you and all good wishes,

  5. shenpen thaye

    Dear Rinpoche,
    Thank you for posting this.
    Sitting in your room, it occurs to me what a relaxed situation it is to give a teaching! Please continue. We are with you at every step. I look forward to getting these teachings every day and am happy to see when something new from you has arrived. Love from the north, Dylan

  6. marlou

    How wonderful Rinpoche is sharing these teachings, and
    I’m very keen in sharing them again and sending forth the
    message (the online shedra)…
    who better can share them than Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

  7. dorjerangdrol

    Thank you Rinpoche for these detailed and inspiring teachings!

    I wanted to ask how one should study between the stanzas?
    Is repeated reading best, or should one meditate on separate stanzas?
    Would it be bad to read further then you have given comments on?


    Dorje Rangdrol

  8. meriel

    Dear Rinpoche
    I’ve read that to help cultivate bodhicitta, it might be helpful to make a commitment at the start of each day, try to remain mindful during the day then, at the end of the day to re-examine my reactions and try to purify negativity by doing Vajrasattva. Commit to improve and practice again and again.
    Is this a good way and do you have other suggestions because when I am faced with difficult situations I find it hard to remain mindful and not react negatively.
    thank you so much

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