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37 Practices: Verses 4-8

Part of a series of talks on The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas given during a weekend retreat in Medan, Indonesia, organized by Vihara Borobodur Medan and Majelis Buddhayana Indonesia-Sumut.

  • What it means to “let go of this life”
  • Meditating on impermanence and death makes your mind become more peaceful
  • What qualities to look for in a spiritual teacher
  • How to form a good relationship with a spiritual teacher
  • The virtuous actions to be practiced and the nonvirtous actions to abandon
  • The mind of attachment doesn’t think about future lives, only about the happiness of this life

37 Practices: Verses 4-8 (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.