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Chapter 6: Verses 1-7

Chapter 6: Verses 1-7

Commentary on Chapter 6 of Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life given at Sravasti Abbey from April 28 to May 6, 2009.

  • Preciousness of having the opportunity to engage in the Dharma
  • Capacity of the Buddha’s teaching to ennoble beings, even those who have committed the most powerful negative karma
  • Explanation of Shantideva’s Chapter 6
    • Disadvantages of anger (anger can destroy virtue accumulated through eons, makes one miserable, and destroys relationships)
    • How anger arises from unhappiness, which in turn arises from things perceived as undesirable

A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life: Patience 01 (download)

Geshe Lhundup Sopa

Geshe Lhundup Sopa is a brilliant scholar and well-loved teacher. Born in 1923, he is one of the last surviving Tibetan teachers originally educated in Tibet prior to 1959. His Holiness the Dalai Lama sent Geshe Sopa to the U.S. in 1962 and he has remained ever since. He is the founder and resident teacher of Deer Park Buddhist Center and Evam Monastery in Madison, Wisconsin. He has also been a professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Wisconsin for over 30 years. (Bio by Sravasti Abbey)