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37 Practices: Verses 11-16

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.

  • How self-centeredness makes us miserable, leads to harming others, and is the cause of our problems, and how cherishing others is the cause of real happiness
  • How to do the taking-and-giving meditation
  • Transforming adversity into the the path, when others steal from us or try to harm us
  • Homework assignment: say something nice everyday to someone you don’t like. If we are nice to our enemies they will respond differently
  • How to work with the mind when someone we cared for betrays us. Have a mother’s attitude toward your enemies

37 Practices: Verses 11-16 (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.