Buddha’s life and Mahayana

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

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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