Four opponent powers

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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 November 24-26, 2010.

  • First two chapters are preliminaries, primary subject of generating the mind for supreme enlightenment
  • Methods for generating bodhicitta: seven point cause-and-effect instructions, exchanging and equalizing self with others
  • One must develop compassion first for own self and then for others, based on four noble truths
  • Second chapter has four parts related to confession of negativities by having four powers:
    • Application of eradication (regret)
    • Application of antidotes
    • Power of refraining from wrongdoings
    • Power of reliance
  • General explanation, if we don’t purify negativities, we will experience the results of rebirths in lower realms

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

01 Santideva's Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life Khensur Wangdak Rinpoche 11-24-10

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