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108 Verses: Verse 7

A series of teachings on One Hundred and Eight Verses Praising Great Compassion called A Precious Crystal Rosary by Bhikshu Lobsang Tayang given during the Chenrezig retreats at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center and Sravasti Abbey from 2006-2011.

Verse 7

  • Three kinds of compassion: seeing sentient beings, observing phenomena (impermanence), observing unapprehendable (emptiness)
  • Example of a bucket in a well; six analogies to cyclic existence
  • Importance of cultivating compassion for self before compassion for all others

108 Verses 03: Verse 7 (download)

Questions and answers

  • What is the difference between loving kindness and great loving kindness, ordinary compassion and great compassion?
  • What is the relationship between emptiness and great compassion?

108 Verses04: Verse 7 Q&A (download)

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.