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Determining to practice patience

Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds,” Chapter 6, Verses 8-15

A series of teachings given at various venues in Mexico in April 2015. The teachings are in English with Spanish translation. This talk took place at Yeshe Gyaltsen Center in Cozumel.

  • The ruminating mind and how it causes our unhappiness
  • Making the determination to practice fortitude
  • How anger is related to our bias towards friends and against enemies
  • Four objects that we typically get angry with:
    • Suffering
    • Not getting what we want
    • Harsh words
    • Unpleasant sounds
  • Reflecting on impermanence to diffuse anger
  • The relationship between karma and suffering
  • How suffering strengthens renunciation
  • Lack of fortitude is an obstacle to our Dharma practice
  • With familiarity, it becomes easier to endure sufferings

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.