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No real owner of suffering

129 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.

  • What does it mean when we say, “my feelings are hurt”?
  • Verse 95 review: What is so special about me?
  • Verse 101 review: No real I who owns the suffering
  • Verse 102: There is no distinction between the suffering of myself and others
  • Verse 103: If my suffering is to be eliminated then the suffering of others should be eliminated
  • Verse 104: Developing compassion for the suffering of others
  • Why does observing the suffering of others cause us to suffer?
  • Compassion does not mean being a people pleaser

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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.