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Entering Manjushri retreat

Part of a series of teachings and short talks given during the Manjushri and Yamantaka Winter Retreat in 2015.

  • The Homage to Manjushri
  • Manjushri practice increases wisdom, makes the mind much clearer
  • The six kinds of wisdom and visualizations in the sadhana
  • Understanding the Dharma in one’s heart, applying it to one’s own life
  • The meaning of receiving blessings from the deity
  • Advice for working with the sadhana and meditation
  • Questions and answers
    • Setting up the refuge visualization at the beginning of the sadhana
    • The continuity of consciousness that goes from life to life and which attains buddhahood
    • The feeling of ME being the person who becomes the deity, using the four-point analysis
    • How the wisdom visualizations can help us grow our wisdom
    • Difficulty with visualization, stabilizing the mind, developing concentration on Manjushri
    • Doing Vajrasattva practice or other practice commitments during the retreat
    • Recitation of the Vajrasattva mantra in the Manjushri sadhana
    • Mantra recitation during the seven wisdoms visualization, and counting mantra
    • When to stop the session and working with dullness in the mind
    • Visualizing the Perfection of Wisdom texts

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.