Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, The Way of the Bodhisattva, Vol. III

Avalokiteshvara’s Tears, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, The Way of the Bodhisattva, Vol. III, CD9, Track1

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The Way of the Bodhisattva

A Commentary on Chapter 8
of the Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva
(Vol. III)

About this Teacher:

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Born in Bhutan in 1961, the son of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche was recognized as the main incarnation of the Khyentse lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He has studied with some of the greatest contemporary masters, including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, as well as Dudjom Rinpoche. Rinpoche combines many talents: masterful and dynamic teacher, writer (What Makes You Not a Buddhist) and scholar, award-winning filmmaker (The Cup and Travellers and Magicians). More…

Some topics Include:

  • The Benefits of Exchanging Self for Other
  • Meditation according to Shantideva
  • The Root of Ignorance: The Ego
  • The Study of Madhyamika

With a 46 page pdf color booklet with liner notes for all 4 Volumes includes:

  • an introduction to this classic Mahayana Buddhist text by Chagdud Rinpoche.
  • liner notes by Chagdud Khadro, “Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche”
  • color photographs of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Chagdud Khadro
  • Two color portraits of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche during the Ngondro teaching
  • a line drawing of Shantideva
  • a short history of Chagdud Gonpa in Tibet, the United States and Brazil
  • Tracks are cued to the stanzas
  • Recorded live in English and Portuguese.

These teachings are available both in English MP3 cd and in MP3 download.

Audio: English and Portuguese
Track titles: English
Liner notes: English

MP3 download = 11 CDs (wav) / 14 hours /

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Excerpt from the Liner Notes from Vol. IIISACRIFICING THE SACRIFICER OR THE EGO

By Liz Hamill, Producer, Dakini Music

Although The Way of the Bodhisattva has
attained the venerable age of thirteen
centuries, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Rinpoche’s oral commentary creates in us
an immediate, even urgent, impetus to the training of our minds and the unfolding of our spiritual path.

In 2004, at Khadro Ling, the mother
center of Chagdud Gonpa Brasil, Khyentse
Rinpoche taught chapter eight,
“Meditation,” which summarizes all the
previous chapters of The Way of the
. Bodhicitta has been developed and strengthened by mindfulness, generosity, discipline, patience and diligence. Now, for meditation, Shantideva urges his audience to abandon worldly things and people, to find the solitude of the cemetery or the forest and to give up the wanderings of the mind, i.e. craving for sex, marriage and property (Stanzas 3 to 85).

Khyentse Rinpoche introduces Shantideva’s meditations in chapter 8, stanzas 90 to 184, known as “Equalizing Self and Others” and “Exchanging Self and Others.” Like a surgeon in a life or death operation, Rinpoche warns us that not only the notion of the self-ego and
renunciation is very underdeveloped in the West, but also the concept of meditation itself is distorted. Meditation
according to Shantideva should destroy the traps of the eight worldly dharmas.

Rinpoche comments, “Sacrificing the sacrificer is the unique path of the bodhisattva.” The destruction or
dismantling of the ego is the bodhisattva path’s distinctive tenet. What follows such sacrifice is the subject of “Wisdom,”
the ninth chapter.


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