Chapter 6: Verses 31-45

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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.

  • Quoting Shantideva, who says that we hold a precious human life in the same way someone holds a precious treasure while being unaware of its value. He warns of the danger of wasting it by acting under the power of delusions which have neither limbs, nor courage, nor intelligence
  • Explanation of the second kind of patience (thinking about reality) with the third subtopic:
    • The purpose of patience: the nature of things being dependent and empty of inherent existence, one becomes at ease with whatever may come
  • The third kind of patience, the patience of not retaliating, with its three subtopics:
    • The method of compassion
    • Overcoming anger
    • Contemplating one’s fault when experiencing undesirable situations

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