We are all equal

114 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.

  • Self-centeredness is the enemy, it’s not who we are
  • Equality from the viewpoint of others on the conventional level
  • Every one equally wants happiness and to avoid suffering
  • Impartiality in helping beggars
  • Impartiality in alleviating suffering
  • Questions and answers
    • How can we deal with personal distress when we observe suffering?

114 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: We are all equal (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.