Abandoning attachment

97 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.

  • Review of verses 1-3
  • Verse 4: Decreasing attachment to worldly life
  • Verse 5: Being close to others without attachment
  • Verse 6: Attachment hinders meditation
  • Verse 7: Attachment leads to regret
  • Questions and answers
    • How can we have gratitude for our parents without attachment?
    • What leads to monastics disrobing?
    • What factors keep someone from disrobing?
    • Is aversion related to attachment?

97 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Abandoning attachment (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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