Chapter 6: Verses 8-21

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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.

  • Explaining a quote from Lama Tsongkhapa, which states that patience, the ability to bear any kind of hardship, is a natural ornament and can be compared to a garuda bird and to armor
  • Brief overview of the disadvantages of anger and the causes of anger
  • The way in which anger arises due to unhappiness
  • Three kinds of patience that can be used to counteract it: the patience of taking in voluntarily whatever harms, the patience of thinking about the truth, and the patience of not retaliating
  • Detailed explanation of the benefit of meditating on suffering
    • Thinking that all contaminated things are in the nature of suffering, which increases renunciation
    • Developing patience
    • By getting accustomed to harm one is able to bear greater hardships
    • Getting rid of delusions, such as pride
    • Stirring compassion

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