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One Hundred and Eight Verses Praising Great Compassion
Venerable Thubten Chodron
Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, Washington, USA
1-8 June 2007


Venerable Chodron led a Chenresig retreat at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center, where she continued teachings on the One Hundred and Eight Verses Praising Great Compassion called A Precious Crystal Rosary by Bhikshu Lobsang Tayang.  Venerable Chodron reviewed verses 1 through 9 which were also covered at the 2006 summer retreat at Cloud Mountain. She added additional material on the verses and covered other topics (see below) in the morning sessions.

2 June 2007

Verses 1-6
[62 minutes] : Download mp3 file

Q+A
- Why does the verse emphasize “aged mother sentient beings”?
- What are the cognitive obscurations?
- Is non-abiding nirvana the same as non-dual?
- Are Bodhisattvas omniscient?
- Are habits of the mind like afflictions?

[18 minutes] : Download mp3 file

3 June 2007

Verse 7
Ven. Chodron talks about the 6 ways that sentient beings are compared to a bucket in a well.
[56 minutes] : Download mp3 file

Q+A
- Why are we so dense that we keep trying to get happiness from the body but our whole experience is that it does not bring lasting peace?
- The body suffers because the mind is suffering, what about a Buddha, Bodhisattva, or arhat?
- Are there examples of people who have attained Buddhahood?
- How does a lay practitioner know when they are over the hump of attachment?
- What the role of ordination in dealing with attachment?

[16 minutes] : Download mp3 file

4 June 2007

Verse 7 continued 
[28 minutes] : Download mp3 file

5 June 2007

Guided meditation on Verse 7
Seeing sentient beings like a bucket in a well.
[10 minutes] : Download mp3 file

Verse 7 continued 
[29 minutes] : Download mp3 file

6 June 2007

Verse 7 continued
Ven. Chodron includes commentary on Shantideva’s verses from Chapter 4 of A Guide to a Bodhisattva's Way of Life.
[65 minutes] : Download mp3 file

7 June 2007

Verse 7 continued
Ven. Chodron includes Shantideva’s verses on being strong and courageous to overcome difficulties when we are fighting the afflictions.
[45 minutes] : Download mp3 file

Verses 8 and 9
Ven. Chodron explains compassion viewing sentient beings as impermanent, and compassion viewing sentient beings as empty of inherent existence.
[53 minutes] : Download mp3 file

8 June 2007

Verse 9 continued
Ven. Chodron continues her talk on Verse 9 and compassion that sees sentient beings as empty of inherent existence. She also gives suggestions for how to transition from the retreat, establishing a regular dharma practice and making it a priority.
[27 minutes] : Download mp3 file

Morning talks at the retreat

3 June 2007

Ven. Chodron begins explanation of the 5 types of afflicted views. She starts by talking about distorted views.
[49 minutes] : Download mp3 file

Q+A 
- What is the primordial Buddha?
- Are we supposed to take on faith that there is beginningless time?
- Is there anything that is eternal?
- Is there anything that is permanent?
- Is karma like a law or plan?
- Is the Buddhas mind impermanent?
- Why can’t god be permanent and still create the universe?

[21 minutes] : Download mp3 file

4 June 2007

Ven. Chodron talks about rituals and Dharma practice. She talks about the purpose of Dharma practice and how Dharma practice is not only quieting our mind but also cultivating positive qualities.
[15 minutes] : Download mp3 file

Q+A
-  How would you tell the difference between a bad ritual and being deluded about the purpose of a ritual?
- What is that status of establishing full ordination for Tibetan nuns?
- How were you ordained?
- How long does it take to for novice, intermediate and full ordination?
- Did the Buddha teach that there is no gender?
- Why does there need to be a different procedure for ordination of monks and nuns?
- What are your thoughts on western Buddhism?
- How did you come to believe in rebirth?

[88 minutes] : Download mp3 file

5 June 2007

Ven. Chodron talks about taking the 5 lay precepts. She reads a reflection on taking the precepts by an inmate.
[29 minutes] : Download mp3 file

Ven. Chodron continues the explanation on afflicted views talking about distorted views.
[29 minutes] : Download mp3 file

7 June 2007

Ven. Chodron talks about looking closely at our afflictions and attachments, and applying the antidotes.
[50 minutes] : Download mp3 file

 

 

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