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How the afflictions deceive us

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.

  • Relationship between ethical conduct and identifying afflictions
  • How integrity and consideration for others sustain our inner strength
  • Analyzing our attachment to the happiness of just this life
  • Disadvantages of following our afflictions
  • Contemplating how afflictions harm both ourselves and others
  • Consequences of following hatred and craving

35 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: How the Afflictions deceive Us (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.