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Resolving to overcome our afflictions

Resolving to overcome our 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.

  • Getting over the habit of blaming others and thinking that happiness lies in external objects
  • Why it is unsuitable to befriend the afflictions
  • Contemplating how afflictions harm the mind and body
  • Generating courage to eliminate the afflictions
  • Making the determination that it is unsuitable to get tired of the difficulties
  • The benefits of striving to eliminate the afflictions

37 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Resolving to Overcome Our 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.