Root bodhisattva downfalls

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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.

  • 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.

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