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Exchanging our bodies with others

131 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.

  • Doing the right thing for the wrong reason
  • How do arhats overcome coarse self-centeredness?
  • Verse 111: The basis of I is impersonal
  • Verse 112: Seeing others’ bodies as mine and my body as other
  • Overcoming self-centeredness by recognizing our happiness comes from others
  • Verse 113: Cherishing others and rejecting self-centeredness
  • Verse 114: Embodied creatures are like the limbs of life
  • Verse 115: Familiarization with regarding others as I

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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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