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“Don’t Believe Everything You Think” review: Verses 1-9

“Don’t Believe Everything You Think” review: Verses 1-9

A series of talks based on Don’t Believe Everything You Think given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in March 2013. The book is a commentary on The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.

  • Verse 1: Recognizing the valuable opportunity we have
  • Verse 2: Recognizing and opposing the three poisons
  • Verse 3: Distancing yourself from the triggers of disturbing emotions
  • Verse 4: Contemplating death and impermanence
  • Verse 5: Looking at friendships to discern true and false friends
  • Verse 6: Seeing the importance of spiritual mentors
  • Verse 7: Our spiritual refuge
  • Verse 8: Our actions determine our happiness and suffering
  • Verse 9: Aspiring for freedom from ignorance, anger, and attachment

SDD 38: Review of verses 1-9 (download)

Venerable Thubten Jigme

Venerable Jigme met Venerable Chodron in 1998 at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center. She took refuge in 1999 and attended Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle. She moved to the Abbey in 2008 and took sramanerika and sikasamana vows with Venerable Chodron as her preceptor in March 2009. She received bhikshuni ordination at Fo Guang Shan in Taiwan in 2011. Before moving to Sravasti Abbey, Venerable Jigme (then Dianne Pratt) worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in private practice in Seattle. In her career as a nurse, she worked in hospitals, clinics and educational settings. At the Abbey, Ven. Jigme is the Guest Master, manages the prison outreach program and oversees the video program.