Refuge and bodhicitta

27 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

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Part of a series of teachings given during a retreat based on the book The Foundation of Buddhist Practice given at Sravasti Abbey.

  • Uncommon Mahayana practice of taking refuge
  • Questions and answers

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice 27: Refuge and bodhicitta (download)

27 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice: Refuge and Bodhicitta 11-08-19

Contemplation points

  1. Why is it important to imagine all sentient beings around us when we take refuge? How is it helpful for our own mind?
  2. Consider some of the misconceptions about generating compassion (a) that it is useless because suffering can’t be eliminated completely, b) that thinking about others’ suffering will cause them to feel hopeless and lead them to despair). Refute these.
  3. Consider some of the misconceptions about generating compassion (a) that it is useless because suffering can’t be eliminated completely, b) that thinking about others’ suffering will cause them to feel hopeless and lead them to despair). Refute these.

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