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How to act when afflictions arise

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.

  • Seeking power in effective ways
  • Decreasing attachment to social life and meaningless activities
  • Analyzing our mind before speaking or acting
  • Working with mental excitement, attachment to praise, self-importance, pretension and deceit
  • Antidotes to desire of material gain, honor and fame
  • Antidotes to laziness, lack of integrity, impatience and idle talk
  • Q&A

47 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: How to Act When Afflictions Arise (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.