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Meditation 101: Meditation on the mind like the sky

Part of a series of talks from "Buddhist Meditation 101", an introductory course to Buddhist meditation. The online course was hosted by the Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center, San Jose, California. Venerable Sangye Khadro provided handouts for course topics: The Seven-Point Meditation Posture, Scanning the Body, Counting the Breaths Meditation Technique, Bare Attention Meditation Exercise, Meditation on the Mind Like the Sky.

  • The importance of setting a positive motivation
  • The benefits of concentration meditation
  • The purpose of developing mindfulness
  • The mind is like the sky, the afflictions like clouds
  • Guided meditation on the mind like the sky
  • Question and answer
    • When you become aware of suffering, how can you deal with it in a constructive way?

Meditation 101 02: Meditation on the mind like the sky (download)

Venerable Sangye Khadro

California-born, Venerable Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974, and is a longtime friend and colleague of Abbey founder Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Venerable Chodron. Venerable Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She has been resident teacher at the FPMT centre in Denmark since 2016, and from 2008-2015, she followed the Masters Program at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. Venerable Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into eight languages. She has taught at Sravasti Abbey since 2017 and is now a full-time resident.

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