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Chapter 5: Verses 1-16

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.

  • Review of Chapters 1-4
  • Guarding our minds as a way to attain awakening
  • Two ways in which our minds create more causes for happiness or suffering than any external object
  • How transforming our minds and cultivating a good heart protects us from meeting with difficulties
  • How our mind and negative karma create hell realms
  • How cultivating nonviolence and ethical discipline creates safety and peace in the world
  • Practicing fortitude and ridding our mind of anger will get rid of our enemies forever
  • Questions and answers

A Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life Chapter 5: Verses 1-16 (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.