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Chapter 5: Verses 34-54

Chapter 5: Verses 34-54

Part of a series of teachings on Chapter 5: “Guarding Introspection,” from Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, organized by Tai Pei Buddhist Center and Pureland Marketing, Singapore.

  • Shantideva’s advice on practicing introspective awareness
  • Being aware of our actions prevents distraction and forgetfulness in daily situations
  • Developing concentration through mindfulness and introspective awareness
  • Importance of showing care and attention to those whom we value the most
  • Abandoning attachment to senseless conversations and entertainment
  • Being aware of mindless distractions stops us from wasting our precious human life
  • Applying antidotes to negative states of mind
  • Questions and answers

A Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life Chapter 5: Verses 34-54 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.