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37 Practices: Verses 9-10

37 Practices: Verses 9-10

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 should be our relationship with “bad friends?”
  • What it means to take refuge in the Three Jewels
  • Don’t make spiritual soup, don’t create your own Dharma mix
  • The difference between mindfulness in Buddhist practice and mindfulness used in psychology
  • Expanding our motivation beyond a good rebirth to liberation and awakening
  • Systematizing the Buddha’s teachings in thee levels of motivation helps to understand the broader scope of Buddhism and to see how the various teachings all fit together
  • Balancing Dharma practice and social engagement
  • Attaining rebirth in a pure land is not just about worship and puja

37 Practices: Verses 9-10 (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.