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Freedoms and fortunes of a precious human life

Freedoms and fortunes of a precious human life

Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Shantideva’s classic text, “Bodhisattvacharyavatara”, often translated as “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds.” Venerable Thubten Chodron also refers to the outline of the commentary by Gyaltsab Dharma Rinchen and the commentary by the Abbot Dragpa Gyaltsen.

  • Humility of the author and the purpose of writing the text
  • Eight freedoms of a precious human life
  • Importance of being able to endure difficulty
  • Ten fortunes afforded by a precious human life

02 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Freedoms and Fortunes of a Precious Human Life (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.