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Joy and rest as supports for joyous effort

92 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.

  • Verse 58: The faults of conceit
  • Verse 59: Conquering the enemy of self-importance
  • Verses 60-61: Standing up to the afflictions
  • Verse 62: Not giving in to the afflictions
  • Verse 63: Being happy to practice the Dharma
  • Verse 64: Practicing the Dharma is itself joy
  • Verse 65: Sense pleasures are like honey on a razor’s edge
  • Verse 66: Venturing into virtue with enthusiasm
  • Verse 67: The power of rest

92 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Joy and rest (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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