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The skeleton in the body

103 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.

  • Looking realistically at what the body is to counter sexual attraction
  • Social conditioning and sexual attraction
  • Review of verses 39 and 40
  • Verses 41 and 42: Abandon desire and strive toward nirvana
  • Verses 43 to 45: Diminishing desire by contemplating the corpse
  • Verse 46: Those you are attracted to will be the food of vultures
  • Verse 47: Comparing those you desire to walking corpses

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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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