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Bodhisattva secondary misdeeds 10-22

Bodhisattva secondary misdeeds 10-22

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.

  • Faulty actions detrimental to training in far-reaching ethical conduct:
    • Being petty when it concerns the welfare of others
    • Not committing a destructive action when love and compassion call for it
    • Earning our living through a wrong livelihood
    • Becoming excited and flying off to some frivolous activity
    • Intending only to wander in samsara
    • Not ridding ourselves of behavior that causes us to fall to ill-repute
    • Not redressing those who act with disturbing emotions and attitudes
  • Faulty actions detrimental to training in far-reaching fortitude:
    • Discarding the four positive trainings
    • Ignoring those who are angry with us
    • Refusing others’ apologies
    • Dwelling on anger
  • Faulty actions detrimental to training in far-reaching joyous effort:
    • Gathering a circle of followers because of desiring veneration and respect
    • Not doing anything, out of laziness, and so on

You can access Alex Berzin’s explanation of the secondary misdeeds here.

29 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Bodhisattva Secondary Misdeeds 10-22 (download)

Venerable Sangye Khadro

California-born, Venerable Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974, and is a longtime friend and colleague of Abbey founder Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Venerable Chodron. Venerable Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She has been resident teacher at the FPMT centre in Denmark since 2016, and from 2008-2015, she followed the Masters Program at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. Venerable Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into eight languages. She has taught at Sravasti Abbey since 2017 and is now a full-time resident.