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Chapter 8: Verses 1–6

Chapter 8: Verses 1–6

Chapter 8: “The Perfection of Meditation.” Part of a series of teachings on Shantideva’s classic text, Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds, organized by Pureland Marketing, Singapore.

  • Brief introduction to the text and author
  • Verse 1: Misconceptions are an obstacle to concentration
  • Verse 2: Separating from distorted conceptions
  • Verse 3: Forsaking attachment
  • Verse 4: Joyfully unattached to worldly life
  • Verse 5: The disadvantages of attachment to impermanent beings
  • Verse 6: The dissatisfaction of craving
  • Questions and answers
    • Is emptiness the only way to liberation?
    • How can you be unattached to codependent people?
    • Do you need to develop serenity before wisdom?
    • When you’re free from attachment is there still compassion?
    • How do you make the lamrim meditations more than intellectual?

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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