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The faults of attachment

99 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 10-12
  • Verse 14: There is no benefit of attachment to childish beings
  • Verses 15-16: Worldly relationships and Dharma practice
  • Verse 17: The faults of pride
  • Verses 18-19: Attachment leads to misery and fear
  • Verses 20-21: The faults of attachment to praise, fame and wealth
  • Verse 22: Abandoning attachment to worldly beings

99 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: The Faults of 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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