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Chapter 7: Verses 59-76

Chapter 7: Verses 59-76

The completion of 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.

  • The four factors of joyous effort we want to build-up
  • Self-confidence is needed for the the second factor, steadfastness
  • The difference between self-confidence and self-importance
  • Steadfastness in dealing with disturbing emotions
  • The third factor of joyous effort, joy
  • Cultivating joy in our Dharma practice and creating merit
  • The fourth factor of joyous effort, rest
  • Being diligent in dealing with the mental afflictions
  • Questions
    • Should you promote yourself and your abilities to do some beneficial work?
    • What if by giving you put yourself in debt?

Shantideva Chapter 7: Verses 59-76 (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.