Extraordinary aspiration: 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.


  • Practical ways to purify the mind and create positive potential (merit)
  • Revealing and letting go of all mistakes

Seven-limb practice 06: Confession (download)


  • Rejoicing in the good fortune of others
  • Cultivating happiness
  • Enriching the mind

Seven-limb practice 07: Rejoicing (download)

Requesting teachings

  • Cultivating interest and appreciation for the Buddha’s teachings
  • Benefits for requesting the teachings
  • The guide of the Buddha

Seven-limb practice 08: Requesting teachings (download)

Requesting long lives for the Buddhas and spiritual mentors

  • Requesting enlightened beings to remain in the world and teach
  • Creating karma to be able to meet teachers and to be able to meet enlightened beings in the future

Seven-limb practice 09: Requesting long lives (download)

Dedication, questions and answers

  • Dedicating towards full awakening and full enlightenment
  • Protecting positive potential
  • Differences between the hearer, solitary realizer and bodhisattva vehicles
  • Purifying negative actions that cannot be remembered

Seven-limb practice 10: Dedication and Q&A (download)

Day 1 of this series of talks can be found here.

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