Setting the context, motivation and attitude to learn the text. Explaining the Buddhist concept of mind and four principles that make a teaching Buddhist.
Series: A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life
Explanation: there’s no irreparable gap between who we are and the goal of Buddhahood. The mind is the nature of clear light and obscurations are adventitious.
The author’s intention in composing the text and learning from his humility. The conditions to practice the Buddha’s teachings are extremely rare.
Encouragement to really make the generation of bodhicitta the foremost thing in our life, leading to wonderful results for ourselves and others.
The first verses of Chapter 2 describe the Three Jewels of refuge and how and why we make offerings to them.
Examining our motivations, considering why we face the same problems repeatedly, and the antidotes to our self-preoccupation.
Looking at what makes life meaningful followed by a continuation of the text. These verses focus on confession and purification.
The importance of keeping an awareness of death in order to focus our minds, consider what’s important in life, and encourage us to do purification practices.
Developing love and compassion in a reasonable way. The importance of purification and creating of merit. Learning to rejoice in others’ virtue.
How the self-centered attitude obstructs our happiness. How and why we request teachings and how we generate the aspiration to benefit others.