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Chapter 7: Verses 50-58

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.

  • Self-confidence—the second factor of joyous effort
  • Helping others without enabling negative behavior
  • Learning to conquer self-importance
  • Self-confidence and determination help in overcoming obstacles
  • Learning from failure and not giving up
  • The difference between self-confidence and self-importance

Shantideva Chapter 7: Verses 50-58 (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.