Padmavajra shares a story of meeting on the basis of Bodhicitta arising between people. He tells us how Shantideva takes to heart, ever more firmly, the Bodhicitta, through his lavish performance of puja and a searing confession of faults.
“Like someone hankering for the pleasure and fruit of love-play”
Padmavajra’s seventh talk on Shantideva’s Bodhicarayvatara is an exploration of chapter seven, the Perfection of Vigour (virya paramita). In this chapter Shantideva, makes it very clear that without virya there is no Enlightenment. He tells us what virya is, as well as what opposes virya, which include, sloth, laziness and self-contempt. He explains that virya is developed through the application of six powers: desire; pride; delight; letting go; dedication; and self-mastery. “Having...
Hatred or ill-will arises when something gets in the way of something we desire. From a mild irritation at being inconvenienced, to violent anger, competitiveness, jealousy, all are forms of ill-will.
Khemasuri explores the theme of anger in Santideva’s Bodhicaryavatara at Sangha Night, Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Excerpted from the talk entitled Gratitude to Everyone given on 15th April 2008. Part of a series on Great Buddhist Texts.
Here Vairocana shares thoughts on patience, pride and evil actions as described in the Bodhicaryavatara, verse 21. Shantideva reflects that compassion arises upon seeing the suffering of the world and that this manifests in one loosening ones pride. This leads to a fear of the consequences of evil and a delight in Enlightenment itself, or as Shantideva puts it, delight in the Conquerors.
Satyajyoti gives a talk on Ksanti, the patient forbearance that is the true antidote to anger and ill-will. She shares Santideva’s advice on learning to endure pain and discomfort so we can respond with an attitude of love in difficult circumstances.
Come and join me at Aryaloka this Saturday, 9am-1pm, to explore Shantideva’s famous work, the Bodhicaryavatara - and specifically the chapter on patience (kshanti)… We’ll be using our voices as well as our minds to try and bring to life these wonderful, subtle verses that carry much for any contemporary Dharma farer to dwell upon…
Patient endurance is the best way to make things good… (The Buddha, ‘Dhammapada’)
A chance to cultivate the heart of patience this weekend!