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Others are as important as ourselves

123 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.

  • How we are influenced by others
  • Dropping the stories our mind creates
  • Verse 90: The nine-point meditation on equality of self and others
  • First point: We are all equal in wanting pleasure and not wanting pain
  • Second point: Being impartial in wanting others to be happy
  • Third point: Being impartial in helping those who are suffering
  • Having conversations with your afflictions

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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.