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108 Verses: Verses 1-6

108 Verses: Verses 1-6

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)

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.