How our motivation prepares our mind for a retreat with Chenrezig, the manifestation of the compassion of all the buddhas.
Series: Chenrezig Retreat (Winter 2006-07)
A series of teachings by Venerable Thubten Chodron given during the Chenrezig Winter Retreat (December 2006 to March 2007) at Sravasti Abbey. The retreat also contains the start of teachings on the lamrim text Essence of Refined Gold.
How to work with resistance and unmet expectations during retreat. How do we feel close to those we don’t know personally?
The purpose of visualization. How to visualize and chant the mantra at the same time.
How we can make friends with the buddhas, and how to handle periods of uncertainty.
Discussion on topics such as how afflictions develop, the meaning of clarity and awareness, describing mental states, and using the mala.
The relationship between buddha nature and basic goodness, different ways to show compassion, and how sense experiences lead to concepts.
How our conceptions create our reality; how hanging on to a personal identity affects our relationships with ourselves and others.
Looking for the “I” and how the conventional “I” operates in the world. How to deal with the opinions of others and an explanation of the subtle mind.
How to deal with attachment to what others think of us; meditating on compassion and emptiness.