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Chapter 1: Verses 10-13

A multi-part course based on Open Heart, Clear Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from April 2007 to December 2008. You can also study the book in depth through the Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) online learning program.

  • The 16 factors needed to practice to attain upper rebirth
  • Ceasing three other nonvirtues: not taking intoxicants, maintaining a proper livelihood and ceasing harming others
  • Three practices to engage in to attain upper rebirth: being respectfully generous, honoring the worthy and practicing the four immeasurables
  • The specific benefit of practicing the 16 factors for upper rebirth
  • Engaging in imperfect paths harms our self and others. Practicing such things as physical austerities does not lead to the Dharma
  • The disadvantages of engaging in wrong paths. If we want to take the essence of our precious human life, we need to seek an unmistaken path

Precious Garland 04: Verses 10-13 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Albert Gerome Ramos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He has been incarcerated since 2005 and is currently enrolled in the North Carolina Field Minister Program. Upon graduation he plans to start programs that help incarcerated people with mental health issues, drug dependency, and those who struggle from childhood trauma. He is the author of the children's book Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness.