Buddha’s life and Mahayana

A talk given on Vesak Day at Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, Washington.

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  • Buddha’s life story

    • Vesak Day: commemoration of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and his passing
    • The story of Buddha: samsara, samadhi, rebirth and karma
    • What to do now to die peacefully
    • Teaching the Dharma
    • Words of encouragement to practice

    Buddha’s life and Mahayana 01 (download)

    Mahayana path

    • Four signs of a Mahayana practitioner
      • Compassion
      • Aspiration
      • Patience
      • Joyous Effort
    • Four obstacles to the Bodhisattva path
      • Addicted to self-centeredness and self-grasping ignorance
      • Unduly influenced by negative friends
      • Lacking favorable internal and external conditions
      • Being totally under the control of somebody else, e.g., being a slave, prisoner

    Buddha’s life and Mahayana 02 (download)

    Questions and answers

    • Explanation of “Mahayana-ist”
    • Patience and equanimity
    • What is emptiness?
    • Wrestling with afflictions
    • Buddha’s life and our practice
    • What is meant by the middle way

    Buddha’s life and Mahayana 03 (download)

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