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Contemplating the seven limbs

29 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

Part of an on going series of teachings (retreat and Friday) based on the book The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, second volume in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Background on seven limb prayer
  • How to do the practice
  • Each limb has some aspect of purification and some aspect of creation of merit
  • What it means to regret our negative actions
  • Importance of rejoicing at ours and others’ good qualities or conditions
  • Not taking teachings or teachers for granted

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice 29: Contemplating the Seven Limbs (download)

Contemplation points

  1. How can you increase your level of respect towards others?
  2. Why is it helpful to contemplate emptiness while make offerings?
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.