A Cure for Jaded Practitioners

The cure for jaded practitioners lies in Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara or Way of the Bodhisattva, according to Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s introduction to a modern translation of the classic text.


“Unfortunately, many who practice the Great Perfection seem to lack that juice, that spiritual vitality, ” Rinpoche writes. “They manifest no signs of faith, compassion, humility, or openness. They seem unable to mingle the recognition of buddha nature with their daily activities. Without being aware of it, such practitioners are actually spending most of their post-meditation time caught up in conceptual thinking. The Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra is especially helpful for these practitioners, since it teaches them how to deal with concepts and emotions while in the post-meditation state.”

Rinpoche’s full introduction appears in the translation made and © by  Andreas Kretschmar 2003. It is  available for free download from  and can be found on pages 83-95 of Chapter One.