77 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.

  • Giving up anger and self-importance to become the kind of person we want to be
  • Abandoning harm
  • If we harm sentient beings, there is no way to please the buddhas
  • Confessing the disrespectful actions one engaged in earlier
  • Refraining from future disrespectful actions
  • The benefits of meditating on fortitude
  • Questions and answers:
    • Protecting ourselves to protect our family without retaliation, by practicing non-violence and fortitude

77 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Retaliation (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.