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Creating the causes for bodhicitta in future rebirths

Creating the causes for bodhicitta in future rebirths

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.

Creating the causes for bodhicitta in future rebirths

  • Discussion of the importance of preventing degeneration of bodhicitta
  • Maintaining bodhicitta in future lives by abandoning the four harmful dharmas and relying on the four constructive dharmas
  • The difference between aspiring bodhicitta and engaging bodhicitta

Essence of Refined Gold 38 (download)

Questions and answers

  • When taking refuge and precepts, why do we ask our preceptor to care for us as a Buddhist and not as a human being?
  • What are we actually meditating on when we mediate on love and bodhicitta?
  • What are some indicators that you are generating pity and not compassion?

Essence of Refined Gold 38: 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.