Bodhisattva root downfalls 11-18

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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.

  • Cultivating the determination to help all sentient beings and guide them to full awakening
  • Root bodhisattva downfalls 11 through 18:
    • Teaching emptiness to those whose minds are untrained
    • Turning others away from full awakening
    • Turning others away from their pratimoksha vows
    • Belittling the shravaka vehicle
    • Proclaiming a false realization of emptiness
    • Accepting what has been stolen from the Three Jewels
    • Being biased against serious practitioners and favoring those with fewer attainments
    • Giving up bodhicitta
  • The four binding factors for losing vows and four powers for strengthening weakened vows

You can access Alex Berzin’s explanation of the root downfalls here.

27 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Bodhisattva Root Downfalls 11-18 (download)

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