Bodhicharyavatara - study tips

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Bodhicharyavatara - study tips

Post by Miroku » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:25 pm

Hi,

I am starting to study the Bodhicharyavatara and would love some tips on how to use the text, study it and etc. Maybe even some pro tips for general Buddhist text study as this is really my first time going for the root and not just reading a book with general dharma teachings.

I am using a Czech version with a commentary from the translator (translated by bikku Dhammadipa), I have a good feeling about the translation as Dhammadipa seems to be quite respected and actually used several versions in different languages to translate the text.
A boat delivers you to the other riverbank.
A needle stitches up your clothes.
A horse takes you where you want to go.
Bodhicitta will bring you to Buddhahood.

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Re: Bodhicharyavatara - study tips

Post by Wayfarer » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:53 pm

Go to http://www.bodhisvara.com/

You find a superb transcribed recitation there.

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Re: Bodhicharyavatara - study tips

Post by sangyey » Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:55 am

You could try memorizing it.

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Post by javier.espinoza.t » Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:12 am

i have just took a look but seems that the Dalai Lama's commentary does not leave even a single thing without explanation.
"Don't profess a view you haven't realized!
Since the view is devoid of viewing, mind essence is an expanse of great emptiness.
Since the meditation is without meditating, leave your individual experience free from fixation.
Since the conduct is without acting, it is unfabricated naturalness.
Since the fruition is without abandoning or achieving, it is the dharmakaya of great bliss.
These four sentences are words from my heart:
Contradict them and you fail to discover the nature of Ati Yoga."


Guru Padmasambhava.
From "Advice from the Lotus-Born".

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Post by Aryjna » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:00 am

I think it is useful to read it several times and read a few different commentaries. This one is probably considered to be the best and mot exhaustive, out of the ones that have been translated at least: https://www.shambhala.com/the-nectar-of ... -1087.html

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Re: Bodhicharyavatara - study tips

Post by Nirveda » Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:25 am

Pema Chodron’s No Time to Lose is actually quite good.

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Re: Bodhicharyavatara - study tips

Post by javier.espinoza.t » Sun Nov 18, 2018 6:33 am

Miroku wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:25 pm
Hi,

I am starting to study the Bodhicharyavatara and would love some tips on how to use the text, study it and etc. Maybe even some pro tips for general Buddhist text study as this is really my first time going for the root and not just reading a book with general dharma teachings.

I am using a Czech version with a commentary from the translator (translated by bikku Dhammadipa), I have a good feeling about the translation as Dhammadipa seems to be quite respected and actually used several versions in different languages to translate the text.
if i may say, in this case one should play mahayana integrated within atiyoga, in particular into atiyoga view. now there are three ways to keep up training, not only emptiness. if you ignore this you will get confused because a sort of intelectual contradiction; know that there is trully none but understanding atiyoga as a sigularity, and so reinforcing our ego.

also, you will find together much arrogance and lack of compassion, i suggest one is not to waste our very precious time exhorting those who don't listen. one is also not responsible for that. but act silently, in subtlety.

learn it's substancial meanings but don't limit to textual prescription, mahayana is very much a practical thing at this point.

i know you have not asked such things, but ime and imo, this might be of use.
"Don't profess a view you haven't realized!
Since the view is devoid of viewing, mind essence is an expanse of great emptiness.
Since the meditation is without meditating, leave your individual experience free from fixation.
Since the conduct is without acting, it is unfabricated naturalness.
Since the fruition is without abandoning or achieving, it is the dharmakaya of great bliss.
These four sentences are words from my heart:
Contradict them and you fail to discover the nature of Ati Yoga."


Guru Padmasambhava.
From "Advice from the Lotus-Born".

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