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Respecting sentient beings

75 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.

  • Seeing kindness of our enemies
  • Trying new strategies to achieve our goals without violence and anger
  • Viewing those who harm us as a merit field
  • Respecting sentient beings as a foundation for our bodhicitta
  • Creating merit with respect to buddhas and sentient beings
  • Questions and answers:
    • Practicing thought-training when our minds are troubled
    • Do our ideas and assumptions function?

75 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Cherishing Our Enemies (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.