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Living in the jaws of death

81 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.

  • It’s difficult to deal with impermanence
  • Wanting to get out of samsara while living in the middle of it
  • Looking at our own inner obstacles
  • What it means to practice the Dharma with joyous effort
  • Verse 5 and 6: Overcoming the laziness of sleeping
  • Verse 7: The time to practice and accumulate virtue is now
  • Verse 8: There is no bargaining at the time of death
  • Verse 9: Facing death
  • Verse 10: What virtue can be done while dying?
  • Learning to become a balanced person and function in the world

81 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Living in the jaws of death(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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