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Equalizing self and other ultimately

125 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.

  • Why do we think we’re the most important?
  • Review of the first six points of equalizing self and others
  • Last three points are from the ultimate viewpoint
    • If there were inherently existent people who are more worthy, the Buddha would see them as such
    • If there were an inherently existent I more important than others, then roles would not change
    • If there were an inherently existent I and other, then I and other would never change
  • Questions and comments

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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.

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