108 Verses: Verses 1-6

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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.

Verses 1-6

  • Background of 108 Verses text
  • Characteristics of great compassion
    • Great seal of Mahayana
    • Gives birth to all realized beings
    • Protects our mind from afflictions
    • Frees us from dangers of cyclic existence and nirvana (of arhats for personal peace)
  • Great compassion is important as seed, water and fruit at the beginning, middle and end of the path

108 Verses 01: Verses 1-6 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Why does the verse emphasize “aged mother sentient beings?”
  • What are the cognitive obscurations?
  • Is non-abiding nirvana the same as non-dual?
  • Are bodhisattvas omniscient?
  • Are habits of the mind like afflictions?

108 Verses 01: Verses 1-6 Q&A (download)

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