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Chapter 5: Verses 117-125

Chapter 5: Verses 117-125

The qualities of bodhisattvas and how they train in all actions of body, speech, and mind to attain full awakening. Part of the series of talks on Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.

  • The exceptional qualities of arya bodhisattvas
  • How bodhisattva’s will take the form of beings in other realms in order to benefit
  • The five super-knowledges bodhisattvas attain to benefit others
    • Miraculous powers
    • Divine eye
    • Divine ear
    • Knowledge of other people’s minds
    • Recollection of previous lives
  • Making karmic connections with sentient beings
  • Boshisattvas have no fear of samsara

17 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 117-125 (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.