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The merits of bodhicitta

The merits of bodhicitta

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.

  • Personal benefits of generating bodhicitta
  • Questions and answers
  • Why knowing the benefits of bodhicitta helps us generating it
  • How engaging bodhicitta dispels suffering and brings happiness
  • Clearing away confusion about the benefits of engaging bodhicitta
  • Why it is suitable to praise people who have generated bodhicitta
  • Seemingly unrealistic and utopian, the mind of bodhicitta helps us have a more realistic and hopeful perspective on the world

06 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: The Merits of Bodhicitta (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.