Making effort with joy

79 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.

  • Pushing ourselves as the near-enemy of joyous effort
  • Definition of joyous effort
  • Identifying the obstacles to joyous effort
  • Abandoning laziness of lounging around and distracting ourselves
  • Abandoning laziness by contemplating the disadvantages of samsara
  • Abandoning laziness by contemplating death

79 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Making Effort with Joy(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.

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