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A talk about the Buddhist conception of mind, the source of happiness and suffering, and advice on relating to disagreeable people.
The signs of aging, sickness, death, and the spiritual seeker deeply moved Prince Siddhartha, and they play an important role in the lives of monastics today.
By Venerable Thubten Chodron on Oct 16, 2000 in Helping the Dying and the Deceased, Medicine Buddha Retreat 2000
Medicine Buddha practice for the recently deceased differs slightly from the standard practice. Beautiful visualizations help the grieving.
Reflecting on how the vows are relevant to how we choose to act. Skillful ways to help others.
Discussion on the difficulty of women’s situation in society, extending to people in weaker positions. Not getting attached to these temporary positions.
Explaining what it means to keep good ethical discipline, and having compassion for others’ suffering.
A commentary on wrong views in society created to justify our own negative qualities.
Explaining the first three of the 12 vows of the Medicine Buddha. Putting our energies behind these aspirations.
How thinking about the bodhisattvas’ promise to benefit sentient beings puts our mind into their frame of mind.
Thinking about the qualities of the Medicine Buddhas during the request verses. An explanation of the meaning of the prayer.