Introduction to the seven-limb practice

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This practice is a method to purify and accumulate merit from The King of Prayers: The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra, which contains all aspects of the bodhisattva practice. These talks were given at the Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA) in Augusta, Missouri, USA on May 5 and May 12, 2002.

Introduction

  • Purpose of the practice
  • Establishing the bodhisattva practice
  • Purifying our mind and accumulating positive potential

Seven-limb practice 01: Purpose (download)

Prostration: Part one

  • Bowing—the practice of paying homage
  • Prostrating with body, speech, and mind
  • Energy and aspiration for bodhisattva way
  • Bowing mentally, visualizing the Buddha
  • Bowing verbally

Seven-limb practice 02: Prostrating (download)

Questions and answers

  • Understanding anger
  • The relationship of ignorance to anger
  • Looking at the mind

Seven-limb practice 03: Understanding anger (download)

Prostration: Part two

  • Significance of mothers in Buddhism
  • Seven ways to purify the mind and to accumulate positive potential (merit)
  • Prostrating with body, speech and mind

Seven-limb practice 04: Prostrations (download)

Offering

  • The purpose and ways of making offerings
  • How to overcome miserliness and stinginess

Seven-limb practice 05: Offerings (download)

Day 2 this series of talks can be found here.

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