The kindness of others

115 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.

  • Familiarizing our mind with the antidotes through practice
  • Bodhicitta motivation
  • The equality of everyone from our own viewpoint on the conventional level
  • All sentient beings have been kind to us
  • The kindness of our parents and family
  • We benefit from the actions of others regardless of their motivation
  • We benefit from those we don’t get along with and difficult situations

115 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: The kindness of others (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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