Courage to practice

87 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.

  • Practicing the Dharma means transforming the mind
  • Verse 23: Putting up with some discomfort to overcome greater suffering
  • Verse 24: The Buddha’s teachings remedy all the greatest ills
  • Verses 25 and 26: Progressively building up your mind to what you can give
  • Verse 27: Removing mistaken conceptions to be happy
  • Verse 28: Creating the causes for a joyful mind
  • Verse 29: Bodhiciita makes actions meaningful and virtuous

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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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