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Chapter 5: Verses 113-117

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 qualities of a bodhisattva and the four ways they gather disciples
  • For a bodhisattva filled with compassion those whom he or she cannot help are rare
  • Comparing the happiness of the mind that is self-preoccupied to the happiness of the mind that cherishes others

16 Aryadeva’s 400 Stanzas: Verses 113-117 (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.