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Working with difficult situations

Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds,” Chapter 6, Verses 35-51

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 fortitude of being indifferent to harm
    • If someone will harm himself to attain worldly success, he will be willing to harm others
    • How those who harm themselves are worthy of compassion
    • Why we should be angry with the affliction and not the person under its control
  • Contemplating our own misdeeds when undesirable events happen
    • Banishing blame by being clear about what we are responsible for
    • Interceding with compassion to stop harm
    • How to meditate on the teachings
  • Questions and answers
    • The importance of our motivation
    • Separating family life from attachment

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.