The incredible rarity of meeting the Mahayana teachings and being able to do retreat.
Series: Vajrasattva Retreat (2005-06)
Teachings and discussion sessions given during the winter retreat from December 2005 to March 2006 at Sravasti Abbey. Venerable Chodron also gave commentary on the text 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas during this retreat.
Even though we die and are reborn so often, we think the experiences of this life are real. We forget that people we meet were at one time our mothers.
Discussion with retreatants on the proper way to use the death meditation, the I that is the object of ignorance, and using Vajrasattva to purify resistance.
Making the lamrim personal, changing environments to change negative habits, and relaxing as we see our baggage.
Retreat discussion on topics such as the four distortions, how anger destroys merit, using pain in meditation, and understanding compassion.
How Je Rinpoche brought immense benefit through his teachings on emptiness and lamrim, and how to practice the Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga.
Verses describing the miseries of samsara, the importance of thinking about beginningless lives, giving up harmful friends, and the kindness of our teachers.
A discussion covering topics such as “bad friends,” dealing with intense emotions, bad dreams, and the psychological effects of purification.
The relationship with our spiritual mentor is the most important one in our life. An explanation of the 37 practices.
How to get to the appropriate feeling towards death; examining who it is that’s making decisions, acting, etc.; a look at the sadhana.