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Taking the bodhisattva ethical restraint

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.

  • Dealing with afflictions in current crisis by challenging our concept of “I”
  • Dedicating the roots of virtue to become the cause of all necessities for oneself and others
  • Incorporating dependent arising and emptiness in our practice
  • How we can benefit society by combining compassion and wisdom
  • Building up strength to help sentient beings
  • Taking the bodhisattva vow to fortify our energy to engage in the bodhisattva deeds

17 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Taking the Bodhisattva Ethical Restraint (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.