The Seven-Limb Practice

This practice is a method to purify and accumulate merit from The King of Prayers: The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra, which contains all aspects of the Bodhisattva practice. These talks were given at the Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) in Augusta, Missouri, USA on May 5 and May 12, 2002.

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  • Introduction: the purpose of the Seven-Limb Practice (download)

    • The ultimate purpose of the practice: enlightenment for ourselves and other beings.
    • The story behind the sutra.
    • Establishing the Bodhisattva practice.
    • Purifying our mind and accumulating positive potential.

    Prostration: part one (download)

    • Bowing—the practice of paying homage.
    • Prostrating with body, speech, and mind.
    • Energy and aspiration for bodhisattva way.
    • Bowing mentally, visualizing the Buddha.
    • Bowing verbally.

    Questions and answers: why doesn’t the Buddha get angry, and why do we? (download)

    • What lies behind anger and how to eliminate anger.
    • The relationship of ignorance to anger.
    • Why the Buddha does not get angry.

    Prostration: part two (download)

    • Significance of “mothers” in Buddhism.
    • Seven ways to purify our minds and to accumulate positive potential (merit).
    • The benefits of prostrating with body, speech and mind.

    Offering (download)

    • The purpose and ways of making offering.
    • How to overcome miserliness and stinginess.

    Confession (download)

    • Practical ways to purify the mind and create positive potential (merit).
    • Revealing and letting go of all mistakes.

    Rejoicing (download)

    • The benefits of rejoicing in the good fortune of others.
    • Training the mind to feel happy about our good deeds and positive actions of others.
    • Enriching the mind and looking at the world in different light.

    Requesting teachings (download)

    • Cultivate interest and appreciation of the Buddha’s teachings, and request teachings from the Buddha.
    • How requesting teachings transforms the mind.

    Requesting that the Buddhas and spiritual mentors remain (download)

    • Requesting enlightened beings to remain in the world and teach.
    • Creating karma to be able to meet teachers and to be able to meet enlightened beings in the future.

    Dedication and questions and answers (download)

    • Dedicating our spiritual energies towards the purpose of full awakening and full enlightenment.
    • Protecting positive potential from being destroyed.
    • What is the difference between the hearer, solitary realizer and Bodhisattva vehicles?
    • How can one purify negative actions done but cannot be remembered?

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