Chapter 4: Verses 1-8

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Part of a series of teachings on Chapter 4: “Attending to the Spirit of Awakening,” from Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, organized by Tai Pei Buddhist Center and Pureland Marketing, Singapore.

  • The story of Shantideva
  • How our “opinion factory” works
  • Compassion and critical mind
  • Review of the first three chapters
  • The true purpose of our life is to be of utmost benefit to all sentient beings by becoming a buddha
  • How to prevent bodhicitta and precepts from declining until the self-centered thought is completely obliterated
  • How to deal with our commitments responsibly
  • Mind of generosity and benefits of acting on it
  • The story of Shariputra
  • Why giving up bodhicitta is the severest of all downfalls
  • Questions and answers

A Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life Chapter 4: Verses 1-8 (download)

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