Praise and reputation

Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds,” Chapter 6, Verses 90-98

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 in Xalapa and was organized by Rechung Dorje Dragpa Center.

  • Review of definitions of anger and fortitude
  • The roots of our attachment to praise and reputation
  • Importance of cultivating a realistic attitude that recognizes our strengths and weaknesses
  • The futility of attachment to praise and reputation
  • Refuting the argument that we should enjoy praise as it makes others happy
  • Disadvantages of receiving praise and a good reputation
  • Questions and answers
    • Attachment to fame, reputation, and anger
    • Accepting anger towards having a terminal disease
    • Seeking praise for our generosity
    • Why Venerable Chodron decided to ordain
    • What to do the moment anger arises

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.