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Joyous effort, concentration & wisdom

Joyous effort, concentration & wisdom

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.

  • Restraining our afflictions when dealing with injustice
  • The importance of practicing the antidotes to anger
  • How the practices of joyous effort and concentration depend on the mind
  • Actualizing the perfection of wisdom depends on the mind
  • Guarding the mind with mindfulness and introspective awareness
  • How following the rules may help us grow our own wisdom and practice fortitude

43 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Joyous Effort, Concentration & Wisdom (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.