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Practical advice on manners

Practical advice on manners

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.

  • Advice on spitting, urinating, taking meals, physical posture
  • How to behave while staying at people’s houses and while giving directions
  • Advice on physical behavior in public
  • What to do before going to sleep and after waking up
  • A practice to purify our minds from negativities
  • Applying the teachings to perfect the bodhisattva trainings

54 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Practical Advice on Manners (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.