The essence of a meaningful life

40 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

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Part of an ongoing 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.

  • Meditation on a precious human life
  • Importance of developing self-respect and self-confidence
  • Giving up attachment to pleasures of this life and developing aspiration for liberation
  • Understanding causal dependence in terms of the path to enlightenment
  • Eight unfavorable states: four non-human rebirths and four disadvantages in a human rebirth
  • Ten fortunes: five personal and five that come from the societal condition in which we live
  • Why a human life with intelligence and spiritual interest is important?

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Contemplation points

  1. What are the main purposes of the meditation on a precious human life? Why these purposes? How do they benefit us at this particular stage on the path?
  2. Why does the meditation on a precious human life create great enthusiasm for Dharma practice?

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