Contemplating karma and its effects
89 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.
- Using imagination in meditation
- Verse 39: Taking advantage of opportunities for virtue
- Verse 40: Aspiration is the root of every facet of virtue
- Verse 41: Unhappiness arises from unwholesome actions
- Verses 42 and 43: Reflecting on the results of virtue and nonvirtue
- Verses 44 and 45: Reflecting on future lives to develop aspiration for virtue
- Verse 46 a-b: Concluding summary on aspiration
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.