Generating regret

Generating regret

Teachings on Chapter 2 of Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life based on Gyaltsab Je’s commentary given by Khensur Wangdak Rinpoche at Sravasti Abbey from November 24-26, 2010.

  • Continuation of teachings on the Chapter “Confession of negativities”
  • Three signs proving existence of previous lives: consciousness, five sense faculties, breath
  • We experience sufferings as a result of negative karma, when causes/conditions are met unless we make efforts to purify
  • Three kinds of results: fruitional results, causally concordant results, environmental results
  • Taking refuge in three jewels, refraining from negative actions, causes for rebirth in higher realm
  • First of the four powers: power of eradication or power of regret
  • Power of regret has four sub-parts
    • Examining the manner in which negative action is carried out
    • Fear of dying with negative karma, lord of death won’t wait
    • Contemplating the actions performed under afflictions towards unreliable things (friends or enemies, body, wealth) which are like illusion
    • Reflecting negativity bringing about fear of rebirth in lower realms
  • Negative actions against special objects: Three Jewels, parents, teachers, and others worthy of respect
  • Purify with urgency as time of death is not certain

02 Shantideva’s Guide to a Bodhisattava’s Way of Life 2010 (download)

Khensur Wangdak Rinpoche

Khensur Rinpoche was born in 1934 in Kham, eastern Tibet. He pursued the traditional studies of a monk and joined the great Drepung University near Lhasa until the 1959 exodus from Tibet. As a refugee in India, he continued to study intensively, preserving the ancient traditions of Tibetan Buddhism at re-established universities, finally earning the highest academic honors. He was then invited to Namgyal Monastic University, the seat of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, where he served as abbott. In 1995, the Dalai Lama then appointed Rinpoche as abbott and senior teacher at Namgyal monastery in Ithaca, New York. Most recently, he taught at Chenresig Tibetan Buddhist Center in Connecticut. Khensur Rinpoche has made several visits to Sravasti Abbey and the community is honored to have received an online teaching from him shortly before he passed in March 2022.