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Chapter 6: Verses 27-38

Chapter 6: Verses 27-38

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.

  • Not getting angry does not mean we do not interfere if someone does something harmful
  • Refuting the non-Buddhist view that causes with self-power, such as soul or primal substance, exist
  • Everything that produces suffering depends on other factors affected by other factors
  • Understanding dependent arising and emptiness of inherent existence overcomes ignorance at the root of our suffering
  • The need to counteract anger
  • How forgiving others benefits us
  • Cultivating the fortitude of being indifferent to harm
  • Developing compassion for people who do us harm out of ignorance
  • 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.