Bodhicharyavatara Chapter 8 Outline

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Chapter Eight: Meditative Concentration - topical outline based on Nectar of Manjushri's Speech, a commentary by Khenpo Kunpal.


I. A brief explanation of how this chapter is related to the previous ones (1)

II. A full explanation of conditions conducive to meditative concentration

A. A brief summary (2)

B. A detailed explanation

1. Abandoning worldly things

a) Why we must abandon worldly things (3), (4)
b) Giving up attachment to beings (5) to (16)
c) Giving up attachment to worldly gain (17) to (24)
d) Having given up all attachments, how to rely on the excellent qualities of solitude (25) to (38)

2. Letting go of discursive thinking

a) A brief explanation (39)
b) A detailed explanation
i) Abandoning craving for a lover
(a) The difficulties involved in getting a lover (40) to (42)
(b) A reflection on the unclean nature of the human body (43) to (70)
(c) A reflection on all the harm that results from attachment (71) to (78)
ii) Giving up attachment to wealth and possessions (79) to (84)
iii) A reflection on the excellent qualities of solitude (85) to (88)

III. Actual meditation

A. A short explanation that links to the previous topic (89)

B. A detailed explanation of how to practise meditation

1. Equalizing ourselves and others

a) A brief explanation (90)
b) A detailed explanation
i) How to meditate on equality (91) to (103)
ii) Response to possible objections (104) to (106)
iii) The benefits of the practice (107) to (109)
c) Conclusion (110)

2. Exchanging ourselves and others

a) A brief explanation of this practice by stating the reason for it (111) to (113)
b) A detailed explanation of this practice
i) The general way of exchanging ourselves and others
(a) Taking the place of others with enthusiasm (114) to (120)
(b) Getting rid of self-cherishing (121) to (124)
(c) The faults of considering ourselves as important and the benefits of considering others as important (125) to (133)
(d) The actual exchange: instructions on why it is necessary. (134) to (139)
ii) Meditating by using specific antidotes
(a) A brief explanation (140)
(b) A detailed explanation
(i) The practice of envy from the point of view of someone less privileged (141) to (146)
(ii) The practice of jealous rivalry from the point of view of an equal (147) to (150)
(iii) The practice of pride from the point of view of someone better off (151) to (154)
iii) How to act once the meditative exchange of self and other has been made
(a) Instruction on a gentler way (155) to (167)
(b) Instruction on a sterner way
(i) Treating the mind severely (168) to (173)
(ii) Treating the body severely (174) to (184)

C. An injunction to practise samadhi (185) to (187)

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