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The courage to destroy the afflictions

The courage to destroy 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.

  • Factors preventing us from eliminating our real problem: afflictions
  • Shifting our mind towards combating the real enemy
  • Keeping our virtuous commitment
  • Striving in applying the antidote to afflictions
  • Acting according to our current capabilities while opposing our afflictions
  • Afflictions can be abandoned because they arise from a mistaken cause

38 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: The Courage to Destroy 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.