Giving up attachment

94 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 1: Attachment and aversion disrupt our mind and meditation
  • Verse 2: Separating from the eight worldly concerns
  • The story of the strawberry and the cliff
  • Relationships are better without attachment
  • Verse 3: Giving up attachment doesn’t mean giving up connecting with people
  • Meditating on impermanence
  • We want nirvana and our attachments at the same time

94 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Giving up 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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