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Review of Chapter Six: Verses 22-34

119 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.

  • Verse 22 and 23: Afflictions and harmful behavior arise due to causes and conditions
  • Verse 24: The fortitude of not responding to harm from others
  • Verse 25: Transforming how we view those who harm to develop the fortitude of not retaliating
  • Verse 26 and 27: Products have no intention to be produced
  • Verse 28: Permanent phenomena cannot change or produce
  • Verse 29 and 30: A permanent self could not change or perform an action
  • Verse 31: Looking at causality to decrease anger
  • Verse 32: Anger can be restrained without there being an inherently existent person
  • Verse 33: Remaining happy despite others committing improper actions
  • Verse 34: Understanding that sentient beings suffer under the control of causes and conditions
  • Meditation on understanding how anger arises from causes and condtions

119 Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds: Review Chapter Six: Verses 22-34 (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.