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Chapter 6: Verses 39-51

Chapter 6: Verses 39-51

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.

  • Review of previous teachings on the text
  • Stopping the causes of anger
  • Relativity of our reaction to criticism depending on who it is aimed at
  • Contemplating one’s misdeeds when the undesirable happens
  • How our having taken this kind of body and clinging to it contributes to our suffering
  • How our actions and previously created negative karma, and not other people, create the causes of our suffering
  • Four ascetic practices
  • 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.