Shantideva August 29

Chapter 6 verse 47. “Having been instigated by my own actions, Those who cause me harm come into being.”

Explain these sentences and relate them to verse 46. Does this mean that the physical existence of people who are causing us harm is the result of our past negative actions? Are we somehow responsible for their current re-birth, or are they alone responsible? Are we collectively responsible for one another’s current condition? Draw on Shantideva, the Lam Rim teachings, and Mind Training to support your answer.

This is the last weekly question for the 2009 Basic Program.


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