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How to do prostrations and questions on Dharma in daily life

How to do prostrations and questions on Dharma in daily life

Part of a series of talks given during a weekend retreat hosted by Wihara Suddhi Bhavana in Indonesia. The talks are given in English with Bahasa Indonesia translation.

  • How do you do prostrations in the Tibetan tradition?
  • What can we do to find peace when we feel we are imperfect?
  • How we can we heal from the trauma of abuse or bullying? Are there Buddhist methods?
  • What is your view of the evil of omission, not doing something good when you are able?
  • How can we maintain the peace of mind of the retreat when we return to daily life?

How to do prostrations and questions on Dharma in daily life (download)

Venerable Thubten Damcho

Ven. Damcho (Ruby Xuequn Pan) met the Dharma through the Buddhist Students’ Group at Princeton University. After graduating in 2006, she returned to Singapore and took refuge at Kong Meng San Phor Kark See (KMSPKS) Monastery in 2007, where she served as a Sunday School teacher. Struck by the aspiration to ordain, she attended a novitiate retreat in the Theravada tradition in 2007, and attended an 8-Precepts retreat in Bodhgaya and a Nyung Ne retreat in Kathmandu in 2008. Inspired after meeting Ven. Chodron in Singapore in 2008 and attending the one-month course at Kopan Monastery in 2009, Ven. Damcho visited Sravasti Abbey for 2 weeks in 2010. She was shocked to discover that monastics did not live in blissful retreat, but worked extremely hard! Confused about her aspirations, she took refuge in her job in the Singapore civil service, where she served as a high school English teacher and a public policy analyst. Offering service as Ven. Chodron’s attendant in Indonesia in 2012 was a wake-up call. After attending the Exploring Monastic Life Program, Ven. Damcho quickly moved to the Abbey to train as an Anagarika in December 2012. She ordained on October 2, 2013 and is the Abbey’s current video manager. Ven. Damcho also manages Ven. Chodron’s schedule and website, helps with editing and publicity for Venerable’s books, and supports the care of the forest and vegetable garden.

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