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Medicine Buddha retreat: Questions and answers

Medicine Buddha retreat: Questions and answers

Part of a series of talks given during the Medicine Buddha retreat at Sravasti Abbey from July 3 to July 9, 2021. The retreat was offered as an online event. The Medicine Buddha sadhana was used during the retreat.

  • How is rebirth supported in Buddhism?
  • How does the sadhana lead to realizations?
  • What is the source of mantras and what do they do?
  • How do you study and integrate the teachings into your life?
  • How can you manage multiple diety practices?
  • How would dementia affect spiritual insights?
  • Can the Medicine Buddha practice help with depression?
  • Can the mantra be used for purification?

Venerable Thubten Chonyi

Ven. Thubten Chonyi is a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She has studied with Sravasti Abbey founder and abbess Ven. Thubten Chodron since 1996. She lives and trains at the Abbey, where she received novice ordination in 2008. She took full ordination at Fo Guang Shan in Taiwan in 2011. Ven. Chonyi regularly teaches Buddhism and meditation at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane and, occasionally, in other locations as well.