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The seven-limb prayer

The seven-limb prayer

Teachings given during the Chenrezig Retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2018. Teachings on Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend also took place during this retreat. The Chenrezig sadhana can be found here.

  • The seven-limb practice
  • Prostration / Bowing
    • A method to reduce arrogance
    • Recognizing the good qualities of the holy ones
    • Bowing with body, speech, and mind
    • A method to cultivate respect
    • The symbolism of physical prostration
  • Making offerings
    • Cultivating a mind that takes delight in giving
    • Water bowls and eight offerings
  • Confession and making amends
  • Rejoicing in the merit of holy and ordinary beings
    • Counteracting jealousy
  • Requesting the Buddha and our teachers to remain
    • Valuing meeting the teachings
  • Requesting the Buddha and our teachers to teach
    • Not taking the Dharma for granted
  • Dedication

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.