Discussion of the concept of far-reaching ethical conduct. Keeping precepts and what to do if we have broken precepts. Actions to benefit sentient beings.
Archive | November, 2007
A question-and-answer session covering topics including the mindstream, the buzz of being angry, the Medicine Buddha’s qualities, and karma.
An analysis to see that all sentient beings have been one’s mothers. Reasons to generate the altruistic aspiration, bodhicitta, and practice like a bodhisattva.
Tracing the source of beginningless suffering and the antidote. Importance of compassion in the beginning, middle, and end of the path.
Making one’s perfect human rebirth meaningful through the practice of bodhicitta. Accumulation of karma and the results. Purification of negative karma.
Comparing the different understanding of selflessness of persons in various Buddhist philosophical schools. This fortunate eon of a thousand buddhas.
Inspiring faith and confidence in Shantideva’s teachings through his extraordinary acts. A summary of the text.
Discussion of the three kinds of generosity: that of giving the Dharma, of giving protection, and of giving material goods, as well as hindrances to giving.
Clarifying process of purification, a discussion on karma, and connecting with the Medicine Buddha through visualization, like relating to a friend.
Four harmful factors that must be avoided and four beneficial factors to engage in to generate bodhicitta in future rebirths. Aspiring and engaging bodhicitta.