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Chapter 6: Verses 22-31

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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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)