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Regretting negativity by reflecting on death

Regretting negativity by reflecting on death

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.

  • Meditating on regret by fearing death and the power of going for refuge
  • Uncertainty of the time of death
  • Negative karma we create for the sake of our friends and foes
  • Without purification, we must experience suffering even in this life
  • Imagining our death
  • Questions and answers

12 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Regretting Negativity by Reflecting on Death (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.