Chapter 6: Verses 22-31

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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.

  • All delusions and sufferings stem from grasping at a self that doesn’t exist; how therefore one’s own egotistic view is one’s real enemy
  • The second kind of patience, which is patience by thinking about the reality of phenomena
    • This topic has three subtopics, of which Geshe-la covers the first two:
      • There is no anger or angry person independent of causes and conditions (because one is under the power of delusions; because anger doesn’t arise at will; and because faults arise naturally from their respective causes.)
      • Rejecting the existence of a free cause, such as it is conceived by the Samkhya system, which includes refuting an independent cause and refuting a permanent self.

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