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Bodhisattva ethical restraints: Auxiliary vows 30-33

Bodhisattva ethical restraints: Auxiliary vows 30-33

Part of a series of talks on the bodhisattva ethical restraints given at Sravasti Abbey in 2012.

  • Auxiliary vows 27-34 are to eliminate obstacles to the far-reaching practice of wisdom. Abandon:
    • 30. Beginning to favor and take delight in the treatises of non-Buddhists although studying them for a good reason.

    • 31. Abandoning any part of the Mahayana by thinking it is uninteresting or unpleasant.

    • 32. Praising yourself or belittling others because of pride, anger, and so on.

    • 33. Not going to Dharma gatherings or teachings.

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.