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"The visual impact of the stupa on the observer brings a direct experience of inherent wakefulness and dignity. Stupas continue to be built because of their ability to liberate one simply upon seeing their structure" - Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

“Just as a lightning flash produces sudden but instant illumination during a dark cloudy night, so also is peoples’ mind suddenly and for an instant drawn towards whole-some, beneficial tendencies through the grace of the Buddhas.”
— Shantideva – Verse 5 / Chapter 1 of the Bodhicharyavatara

My personal comment:

“Just as a flash of lightning at night,
When the sun is absent,
During pitch black darkness,
When there is no moon,
Amidst cloudbanks,
When there are no stars,
For just an instant reveals brightly illuminated shapes;

In the same way,
At night when the wisdom sun is not shining,
During the pitch black darkness
In which one does not know what to do and what to avoid,
And amidst cloudbanks of obscurations
That cover the mind with ignorance, attachment, aversion, pride and jealousy,
Occasionally, the wish or the thought of accomplishing what is meritorious or virtuous arises in the minds of ordinary worldly people.”

— Inspired by Andreas Kretschmar’s translation of Khenpo Kunpal’s Commentary

I have just realized that I have a huge amount of versions of the translation of the Bodhicaryavatara and I will most probably post a list of all possible translations and commentaries in one of the future posts.

Sempa Sangpo (Good Heart)