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Chapter 7: Verses 31-49

Chapter 7: Verses 31-49

Chapter 7: “The Perfection of Joyous Effort”. Part of a series of teachings on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, organized by Pureland Marketing, Singapore.

  • Overcoming the three types of laziness that oppose joyous effort
  • The four factors that compose joyous effort
  • Aspiration—The first factor
  • Living up to our potential and using the opportunity of a precious human rebirth
  • Having an interest in virtue
  • Practicing virtue and abandoning nonvirtue
  • Self-confidence—the second factor
  • Applying self-confidence to develop virtue and overcome disturbing emotions

Shantideva Chapter 7: Verses 31-49 (download)

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.