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The advantages of cherishing others

The advantages of cherishing others

Part of a series of teachings on Essence of Refined Gold by the Third Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. The text is a commentary on Songs of Experience by Lama Tsongkhapa.

The advantages of cherishing others

  • Contemplating the advantages of cherishing others
  • Exchanging self and others
  • Cherishing others in a sincere way brings about our own happiness and the happiness of others in this and future lives

Essence of Refined Gold 36 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Can you clarify how the collection of merit and wisdom lead to the different bodies of the Buddha?
  • In the historical form, did the Buddha achieve buddhahood or was that an emanation?
  • From the Mahayana viewpoint can one attain buddhahood in a human life?
  • The inspiration of the Buddha’s life
  • Do you do tonglen after exchanging self and others?

Essence of Refined Gold 36: 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.