Using the retreat time to develop a healthier way of looking at our behavior. The dos and don’ts in meditation sessions.
Series: Vajrasattva Retreat (2005)
A series of teachings by Venerable Thubten Chodron given at the Vajrasattva Winter Retreat from January to April 2005 at Sravasti Abbey.
Working through different states of mind and restless energy, changing the way we move in order to change the mind. Specific questions on visualization.
Rejoicing in receiving the Vajrasattva initiation from Lama Zopa. Clarifying various aspects of the meditation practice.
Sharing of personal experiences from the meditation.
Working on concepts of karma, emptiness, attachment in the retreat. An analytical meditation of what is a person.
Watching the mind’s reaction to food. Looking at attachment, seeing where it leads us. Examining one’s religious conditioning.
Clarification of what is being purified. Criteria we use to make decisions: how wise are they?
Analysis of what it means to truly love ourselves. What is happiness?
Responding to questions raised for Zopa Rinpoche.
Guided questioning on selflessness. Explaining concept of taking refuge with the three jewels. On death, abortion, guru devotion, inherent existence.