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Offering our bodies to all sentient beings

Offering our bodies to all sentient beings

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.

  • Giving completely without holding anything back
  • By giving up attachment for everything sorrow is transcended
  • How to practice after offering our body
  • Wishing the roots of virtue to be causes that are not wasted
  • Dedicating the thought and the action as the cause for inexhaustible virtue

16 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Offering Our Bodies to All Sentient Beings (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.