BA1 Title, Translator’s Homage, Author


In the second teaching on the Bodhicharyavatara (BA2 on Chapter 1; BA1) Rinpoche explains the meaning of the title of the text and the translator’s homage, and tells the story of Shantideva.

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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. 29-32.

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11 thoughts on “BA1 Title, Translator’s Homage, Author

  1. lynda miller

    thank you Rinpoche for this very interesting teaching. Could you kindly explain when and how the concept of a Bodhisattva first arose in the history of Buddhism? Was it in India, after the lifetime of Buddha Sakyamuni so it was a development within Buddhism? Or maybe not?

  2. tashi drolma

    Thank you Rinpoche. The Nalanda monks treatment of Shantideva reminds me to trust everyone has buddha nature, and have humility in their presence. There is a sutra, lti 27 (I don’t know what that means) where the Buddha spoke of lovingkindness being supreme over every other kind of practice and accomplishment. For me, a very touching and inspiring sutra, confirming all we are being taught with the lineage of wisdom of Rinpoche, Patrul Rinpoche, Shantideva, Avalokitesvara, and Sakyamuni Buddha.

  3. michaelsalazar

    Thank you, Rinpoche. What a lovely story. It is a gentle reminder that my habitual tendency to judge people, always short changes both myself and them. It was also wonderful to see your face and hear your voice. It has been a long time since we have enjoyed your presence in Tulsa. I hope you are happy and well.

    Debra Salazar

  4. karmapagden

    Thankyou Rinpoche for the teachings, I mostly have to study things in my own time as my responsibilities make it hard for me to physically meet with my teachers. The Shedra is a wonderful idea, and even if travelling around the world it means that it is still possible to keep to a study programme not designed by my own ego. Looking forward to the whole programme.

  5. caswan

    I agree with karmapagden, this is a wonderful opportunity to study with you Rinpoche when we cannot travel to do so.
    I am also enjoying seeing your smiling face again, I remember it well from when I have had teachings from you at Samye Ling.

  6. lili

    i am starting today my study. Thank you Rinpoche for the simplicity and deepness of your teaching!
    it is a very good way of staying connected with you….. i don t know why i didn t start before…..right time……it is wonderful that we live in this advanced technological world that make this transmission possible!!! Bem haja!!!!

  7. wangdu

    Hi Dborovsky. We are currently changing our video system and all videos are temporarily offline. New system will be up and running soon. Until then, please visit the Online Shedra Library to download pdf transcripts and mp3 audios of all the teachings given for the Online Shedra by Ringu Tulku since the beginning in 2010. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. – See more at: the top of the page here:

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