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The danger of attachment to the body

133 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 119 review
  • Verse 120: Exchanging self for others protects ourselves and others
  • Verse 121: Attachment to the body gives rise to fear
  • Verse 122 and 123: Attachment to the body leads to negative actions and lower rebirths
  • Verse 124: The wise do not venerate the body
  • Verse 125: Selfish thinking and selfless thinking
  • Relating the verses to current events
  • Verse 126: Working for the sake of others is the cause of happiness
  • 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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