Tag: "shantideva"

Shantideva: The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Part 2 – Ep. 86

This episode is a continuation of last week’s episode on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. In this episode, Professor Thurman reads from Shantideva’s verses, dedicated to anger and patience (or tolerance), and explains the meaning as he goes along. This episode was recorded on October 20, 2015 in a class taught by Professor Thurman…. Read more »

Shantideva: The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Part 1 – Ep. 85

Shantideva is the author of one of the most studied texts in the Buddhist canon — A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. In this episode, Professor Thurman reads from this text the verses dedicated to anger and patience or tolerance, and explains the meaning as he goes along. This is the first of a… Read more »

Shantideva: Seventeen Great Pandits of Nalanda – Ep. 45

In this episode Professor Thurman talks about the Seventeen Great Scholars of Nalanda. They taught at Nalanda, which was a renowned Buddhist University, which traditionally is said to have grown out of a monastery established during the Buddha’s time. His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says that he is not necessarily a follower of this… Read more »

Shantideva: Anger Management – Ep. 43

We all know what anger is. When a situation is going wrong for us — when something we wanted to see happening doesn’t, or when something we don’t want to see happening is happening — we get frustrated. That frustration is a fuel of anger. Some people may advise: “Just swallow your anger,” but if… Read more »

Shantideva: Exchanging Oneself for Others – Ep. 42

“Since I and other beings, both, in wanting happiness are equal and alike, what difference is there to distinguish us, that I should strive to have my happiness alone?” In this podcast Professor Thurman discusses the ideas, advanced by Buddhist teachers, in this case skillfully expressed by saint and scholar Shantideva: it’s by abandoning self-preoccupation… Read more »