Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with Verse 8. Watch the other videos here.

 

8
The suffering in the lower realms is really hard to endure.
The Sage says it is the result of destructive actions.
For that reason, even if your life is at risk,
Don’t engage in destructive actions — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

What are your experiences of destructive emotions taking you to the “lower realms”? How long after you experience destructive emotions do you see the consequences?

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