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Meditating on the four immeasurables

Meditating on the four immeasurables

Part of a series of teachings from a two-day workshop on the four immeasurables at Tai Pei Buddhist Centre, Singapore, November 13-14, 2002.

Love: Part 3

  • How to develop love for all sentient beings
  • Meditations that help us develop love for all sentient beings
  • Seeing all sentient beings as having been our mothers
  • Developing gratitude for the kindness of others

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Questions and answers

  • Will we be related to people in future lives that we are currently related to?
  • How do we develop kindness and compassion towards small beings that might harm us?
  • Does the precept not to drink alcohol prevent us taking medicines that contain alcohol?
  • Do we need to give up garlic and onion?
  • How does one talk to a child that has tantrums or who is afraid of the dark?

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Questions and answers (continued)

  • How can mediating on patience help us cope with city life?
  • Setting priorities in our life
  • Three important things to remember at the start of each day
  • Can the result of harm created by one person be experienced by other members in the family?
  • If a good person dies young is it because of the family karma?
  • How do you teach a miserly person to be generous?
  • Should we work on our own problems before looking to solve those of others?
  • How can we build a meditation on patience in to the stabilization practice?

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Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.