Help and harm

73 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds

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.

  • Attachment to praise leaves us at the mercy of other people’s opinions about us
  • Being criticized protects us from falling into lower realms
  • People who wish us harm actually help us be cured of our addiction to samsara
  • Those who obstruct us from creating merit help us put fortitude into practice
  • Practicing the four austerities
  • People who harm us do not prevent us from creating merit
  • Questions and answers:
    • Working with receiving praise
    • Learning to be confident when criticized

73 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Help and Harm (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.