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37 Practices: Verses 17-19

37 Practices: Verses 17-19

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.

  • Three ways that a criticizer benefits us
  • Looking at the usual way our self-centered thought responds to adversity and using the instructions to transform the mind
  • What it means to take on the misdeeds and pain of others
  • When things are going well we may forget about the Dharma
  • Fame and fortune has no essence, it comes and goes. It’s better not to cling to it and not be conceited about having it

37 Practices: Verses 17-19 (download)

Photo of retreatants, courtesy of Abok Kasim.
Video montage, courtesy of Friends from Vihara Borobodur Medan:

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.