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Chapter 6: Verses 17-26

Part of a series of teachings on Chapter 6: "The Perfection of Patience" from Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, organized by Pureland Marketing, Singapore.

  • Real suffering comes from our mind rejecting the situation
  • We have a choice what mental attitude to maintain when faced with mental or physical suffering
  • The real heroes are those who developed fortitude and conquered the real causes of our misery
  • Real courage does not mean having a strong body but having a strong mind
  • Benefits of going through suffering
  • Learning fortitude from our spiritual mentors and good role models
  • The fortitude of definitely thinking about the Dharma
  • Both sickness and mental afflictions arise due to causes and conditions and not under their own power
  • Questions and answers

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.