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Confession of negativities

Confession of negativities

Part of a series of teachings from the 2010-2011 Vajrasattva Retreat at Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek, California, from December 28, 2010, to January 1, 2011.

  • Short guided meditation
  • Explanation of the Vajrasattva mantra and the meaning of purification
  • Feedback from small group discussions about blame
  • Chapter 2 (Verses 27-29) of Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva, “Confession of Negativities by Way of the Four Opponent Powers
  • Ways of generating regret
  • Understanding how negativities are committed

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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.