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The enemy of the afflictions

The enemy of the afflictions

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.

  • Difference between attachment and caring about others
  • Investigating our judgmental mind
  • Seeing the afflictions as something that is not inherently us
  • Contemplating how the afflictions harm us, taking away our freedom and generating boundless suffering over an infinite amount of time
  • Developing new habits to confront the afflictions
  • Why it is unsuitable to befriend the afflictions

36 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: The Enemy of the Afflictions (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.