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Steadfastness and self-confidence

Keeping enthusiasm on the spiritual path

These teachings on Chapter 7 of Shantideva’s A Guide to a Bodhisattva’s Way of Life were given during a weekend retreat at Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek, California, October 17-20, 2014.

  • Session 5: The joyous effort of application, verses 50+
    • Helping others without conceit
    • Distinguishing self-confidence from arrogance
    • Antidotes to the ruminating mind
    • 10 qualities to look for in a teacher

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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.

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