Introduction and homage

Introduction and homage

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.

  • The life story of Shantideva
  • Three levels of practitioners and their practice
  • Introduction and outline of the text
  • Homage to the Buddha and three qualities of his abandonments and realisations
  • Divisions of the Buddha bodies
  • The meaning of the “Buddha’s heirs” in the spiritual sense

01 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Introduction and Homage (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.

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