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Bodhisattva Mind
Teachings to cultivate courage and awareness in the midst of suffering

by Pema Chödrön

      Bodhisattva refers to someone who works to free not only him or herself from suffering, but who also works to free all other beings from suffering. The most well-known written guide on the subject, Bodhicaryavatara, was composed by an 8th century monk known as Shantideva, and explores the means of achieving and sustaining compassion. This audio learning course expounds on Shantideva’s guide, often referred to as The Way of the Bodhisattva, to explore and teach practices that lead to a rediscovery of the Bodhisattva spirit in each of us.

In these excerpts from talks given by the beloved Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön, she breaks the traditional text into small portions, making each one an immediate ‘Aha!’ moment as well as a topic for lifetime contemplation. Her gentle, soothing voice expresses genuine admiration for the Shantideva text and for the courage of all who seek to walk the path, and amusement at the many roadblocks, detours, and wrong turns we inevitably encounter.

Shantideva’s classic work has undergone many translations, and Pema Chödrön references several of these in her talks, pointing out subtle differences which provide opportunity for clearer understanding and stronger application of the suggested practices. Her own gentle, often humorous approach to the topic emphasizes the importance of viewing this work as a supportive tool rather than a list of restrictive laws. During the question and answer periods, she exudes effortless compassion for the students who bare their weaknesses and request advice, sharing with them her humility, wisdom, and lightness of spirit.

While the source of this teaching comes from a Buddhist monk and the commentary is given by a Buddhist nun, it is perhaps the most ecumenical and universal teaching I’ve ever encountered. Anyone from any religious, spiritual, or philosophical background will find Bodhisattva Mind a source of profound and infinite wisdom, inspiration, and comfort.

The Book

Sounds True
October 2006
1591795354 / 978-1591795353
Spirituality : Self-improvement
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The Reviewer

Deborah Adams
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Deborah Adams is the Flair and Macavity Award winning author of the Jesus Creek Mystery Series: All The Great Pretenders, All The Crazy Winters, All The Dark Disguises, All The Hungry Mothers, All The Deadly Beloved, All The Blood Relations, and All The Dirty Cowards. She was also an Agatha Award nominee for Best First Novel.
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