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Imagining our death and pacifying distractions

102 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 previous verses
  • Verse 34: Relying on solitude
  • Verses 35 and 36: Disengaging to decrease distractions
  • Verse 37: Pacifying distractions in order to practice
  • Verse 38: Being motivated by only one thought
  • Verse 39: How desires give rise to misfortune
  • Verse 40: Actions undertaken due to sexual desire
  • Questions and answers

102 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Imagining our death (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.