No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva

No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva

Pema Chödrön

Language: English

Pages: 269

ISBN: 2:00064509

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Over the years, Pema Chödrön's books have offered readers an exciting new way of living: developing fearlessness, generosity, and compassion in all aspects of their lives. In No Time to Lose Pema invites readers to venture further along the path of the "bodhisattva warrior," explaining in depth how we can awaken the softness of our hearts and develop true confidence amid the challenges of daily living.

Pema reveals the traditional Buddhist teachings that guide her own life: those of The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara), a text written by the eighth-century sage Shantideva. This treasured Buddhist work is remarkably relevant for our times, describing the steps we can take to cultivate courage, caring, and joy—the keys to healing ourselves and our troubled world. Pema offers us a highly practical and engaging commentary on this essential text, explaining how its profound teachings can be applied to our daily lives.


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attentiveness to Buddha on nature of patience and Trungpa on understanding Karmapa, Sixteenth karmic debt karmic seeds, ripening of negative Khenpo Gangshar Khyentse, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Dilgo kindness. See also generosity; giving King, Martin Luther Jr. kings kleshas. See also specific kleshas antidotes to and de-escalation of. See also anger, healing being seduced by our compared with drug pushers defined distractedness and faults of remaining steady when

distant but it isn’t. In fact, Shantideva composed this text to remind himself that he could contact his wisdom mind and help it to flourish. According to Patrul Rinpoche’s threefold division, the first three chapters of The Way of the Bodhisattva elucidate the opening lines of Nagarjuna’s verse—“May bodhichitta, precious and sublime / Arise where it has not yet come to be”—and refer to our initial longing to care for others. We yearn for this transformative quality to arise in ourselves, and in

how we’ve worked with our emotions up to that point. We don’t set out to be angry, and likewise anger doesn’t set out to be experienced. But when causes and conditions come together, we impulsively get caught up and swept away. Patience, Shantideva infers, is the antidote: in particular, the patience that comes from having sympathy for the complexity of our current situation. 6.25 Every injury whatever, The whole variety of evil deeds Is brought about by circumstances. None is independent,

clouds of self-centeredness mysteriously part when we put ourselves in another person’s place and imagine what he or she feels. In tonglen practice, we breathe in what we usually push away and send out what we usually cling to. This dissolves the ego’s strategies and reveals the clarity of our mind. It may be a mystery how this simple practice frees us, but it’s definitely a mystery worth embracing. 8.121 Because of our attachment to our bodies, We’re terrified by even little things. This

strange to them. 10.34 On every side, in all the ten directions, May groves of wish-fulfilling trees abound, Resounding with the sweetness of the Teachings, Spoken by the buddhas and their bodhisattva children. 10.35 And may the earth be wholesome everywhere, Free from boulders, cliffs, and chasms, Flat and even like a level palm And smooth like lapis lazuli. 10.36 And for many circles of disciples, May multitudes of bodhisattvas Rise in every land, Adorning them with every

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