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Root bodhisattva downfalls

Root bodhisattva downfalls

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.

  • The nature of a bodhisattva vow
  • Root bodhisattva downfalls 3 through 10:
    • Not listening to others’ apologies or striking others
    • Discarding the Mahayana teachings and propounding made-up ones
    • Taking offerings intended for the Three Jewels
    • Forsaking the holy Dharma
    • Disrobing monastics or committing such acts as stealing their robes
    • Committing any of the five heinous crimes
    • Holding a distorted, antagonistic outlook
    • Destroying places such as towns

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

26 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Root Bodhisattva Downfalls (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.

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