Concluding the retreat with powerful verses by Shantideva on exchanging self and others.
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The 5th to 12th great vows of the Medicine Buddha.
The advantages of cherishing others more than ourselves. The continuing teaching on Shantideva’s “Engaging in a Bodhisattva’s Deeds,” Chapter 8.
The first four of the great vows or unshakeable resolves that the Medicine Buddha made.
How to identify self-centeredness, considering its disadvantages, and why we should give it up.
The psychological effect of doing the visualization of the Medicine Buddha and reciting his mantra
While suffering is empty of inherent existence, it still exists conventionally and must be addressed. A continuing commentary on Shantideva Chapter 8.
A commentary on how to do the Medicine Buddha practice.
How to meditate on equalizing self and others. A commentary on Chapter 8 of Shantideva’s “Engaging in the Bodhisattva’s Deeds.”
A short meditation on the Medicine Buddha and a challenge to question the identities that we cling to.