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Bodhicitta: Gateway to the Mahayana path

Bodhicitta: Gateway to the Mahayana path

Teachings on Chapter 1 of Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life based on Gyaltsab Je’s commentary given by Khensur Wangdak Rinpoche at Sravasti Abbey from November 20-26, 2007.

  • An overview of the goals, paths, and practice of the practitioners of the three capacities (lower, middling, and high)
  • The awakening mind is the gateway enabling one to enter the Mahayana
  • Conventional bodhicitta and absolute bodhicitta
  • Bodhicitta is a resultant mind, the two methods for developing the awakening mind that come down through Atisha and Shantideva
  • Different classifications and types of bodhicitta
  • Advantages of the aspiring bodhicitta
  • (Verses 15-25)
  • Questions and answers

Khensur Wangdak on Shantideva 04 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.