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Competition and exchanging self with others

137 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 147: Exchanging our self with the person equal to us
  • Verses 148 to 150: Competing wth someone equal to yourself
  • Verses 151 to 154: Exchanging self with the inferior person
  • Verse 155: The conclusion of following the self-centered mind
  • Verses 156 and 157: The infinite benefits of cherishing others
  • Verse 158: Through familiarity come to hold 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.