An explanation of the Medicine Buddha sadhana practice and visualization, followed by oral transmission of the 35 Buddhas practice.
Series: Medicine Buddha Retreat (2007-08)
Teachings given by Venerable Thubten Chodron during the Winter Retreat in November 2007 and from January to March 2008 at Sravasti Abbey.
Cultivating appreciation for having this rare opportunity to do a retreat. Bringing problems into the meditation and transforming them into the practice.
Clarifying process of purification, a discussion on karma, and connecting with the Medicine Buddha through visualization, like relating to a friend.
A question-and-answer session covering topics including the mindstream, the buzz of being angry, the Medicine Buddha’s qualities, and karma.
Getting ready to go into retreat with the right motivation, understanding and expectation.
A discussion session on retreat issues such as visualization, counting mantra, and working with hindrances during meditation.
Questions from retreatants on dealing with distraction and habitual reactions. Working with dreams in a way that is beneficial to Dharma practice.
Discussion: working with the mind, skillful ways of using refuge. Reflection on why we are doing Medicine Buddha practice. Inner struggles to stay in retreat.
Clarifying concepts surrounding arhats and bodhisattvas. Questions on motivation to listen and the meditation on emptiness.
Addressing questions on different aspects of the meditation: the body, emptiness, visualization and deity meditation.