Steadfastness

90 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.

  • The relationship between aspiration and steadfastness
  • Verse 46 c-d: Steadfastness comes from self-confidence
  • Verse 47: The importance of examining the task to be done
  • Verse 48: The karmic results of not finishing undertakings
  • Verse 49: The self-confidence of action
  • Self-confidence and starting Sravasti Abbey
  • How do you restore trust with someone once it’s been broken?

90 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Steadfastness (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.