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TEACHINGS FOR
THE MIDDLE SCOPE PRACTITIONER

[One who wishes to be free of cyclic existence and achieve liberation]

 

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Preliminary Meditations

 

A brief body scan and breath meditation
to calm and focus the mind

(13 minutes)
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Refuge Prayer: Chanting in Sanskrit and
Generating the Altruistic Intention

(4 minutes)
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TEACHINGS

 

The Truth of Suffering
(48 minutes)

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Eight Types of Suffering
(62 minutes)

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The Five Aggregates
(73 minutes)

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The Path to Enlightenment*
(53 minutes)

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Attributes of the Path
(51 minutes)

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* Class Notes taken on "The Path to Enlightenment"

Introduction to the Vajrasattva Purification Practice

 

PART ONE
(8 minutes)

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PART TWO  
(8 minutes)

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Preliminary Thoughts  (9 minutes)

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Vajrasattva Purification Practice on:
Negative Actions of the Body-
Killing, Stealing and Sexual Misconduct

(14 minutes)

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Recited from Ven. Thubten Chodron's book Pearl of Wisdom, Buddhist Prayers and Practices, Book II
Recitation:
"The negative karma I have accumulated from beginningless time is as extensive as the ocean. Although I know that each negative act leads to countless eons of suffering, it seems that I am constantly striving to create nothing but negative actions. Even though I try to avoid non-virtue and practice positive acts, day and night without respite, negativeities and ethical downfalls come to me like rainfall. I lack the ability to purify these faults so that no trace of them remains. With these negative imprints still in my mind, I could suddenly die and find myself falling to an unfortunate rebirth. What can I do? Please Vajrasattva, with your great compassion, guide me from such misery!"

Mantra in Sanskrit:
om vajrasattva samaya manu palaya
vajrasattva deno patita
dido may bhawa
suto kayo may bhawa
supo kayo may bhawa
anu rakto may bhawa
sarwa siddhi mempar yatsa
sarwa karma su tsa may
tsitam shriyam kuru hum
ha ha ha ha ho
bhagawan
sarwa tatagata
vajra ma may mu tsa
vajra bhawa maha samaya sattva
ah hum pey

The power of promise:
"After reciting the mantra and doing the visualizations, make the following promise to Vajrasattva, specifying the period for which you intend to keep it:  I shall not create these negative action from now until ___________ ."


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