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The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas: Verses 5-9

Part of a series of talks presented online and hosted by Wihara Dharmakirti Palembang. A commentary on the classic thought transformation text by 14th-century Tibetan monk Gyelsay Togme Sangpo (1295-1369), whose verses explain how to transform good and bad life circumstances into our spiritual practice. Presented in English with Bahasa Indonesia translation. The text is available here.

  • Review of verses 1-4
  • Verse 5: Picking friends wisely
  • Verse 6: The importance of spiritual teachers
  • Verse 7: Who not to follow on the spiritual path
  • Verse 8: The actions we want to avoid
  • Using the four opponent powers to purify negative actions
  • Verse 9: Worldly pleasures vanish like a drop of dew
  • Questions

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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.