Workshop: Attaining & balancing your three wealths - material, emotional & spiritual.
by Venerable Thubten Chodron©
Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Singapore
Mon, 22 Nov 2004

[mp3 files]

Chanting of Chenresig's (Kuan Yin) mantra.
Checking meditation on what money means to you. To what extent does money:

  • symbolise success in your life? How much do you evaluate others'/yourself as successful depending on how much money they/you have?

  • symbolise security for you? How much do you save money because you're seeking security?

  • symbolise love? How much do you give money to the people you care about to symbolise that care? How often do you give money to the people you love because you can't be there, using money as a substitute for your loving presence?

  • symbolise power? How much do you use money to wield power with other people?

  • symbolise freedom and independence, the ability to do what you want?

  • indicate your values? How much do you use money in support of your ethical or spiritual values?

  • symbolise pleasure - your ability to have pleasure and to get the things you want?

[12 min] : Download

Points that come up in the discussion: What does money really mean to me?
[29 min] : Download

The disadvantages of being self-centred and the benefits of cherishing others. What does it mean to love ourselves and be kind to ourselves? ~ Feeling guilty about our faults is a self-centred action.
[38 min] : Download

Questions and answers [33 minutes] : Download

Questions asked:

  • What if you are a person who is always apologising?

  • How to deal with one's children who are Christians and trying to convert one?

  • Teaching children to have contentment and encouraging them to learn and do better - are these contradictory?

  • What to do when we just can't make it to the meditation cushion although we have time?

  • How do we go about discerning a reliable teacher?

  • Performing pujas and chanting to eliminate negative karma - does it really work?

  • How to use the set of CDs: Guided Meditations on the Lamrim: The Gradual Path to Enlightenment

  • What's the difference between practising the Dharma as a lay person and as a monastic?

  • Is it possible for a high spiritual being to take on our negative karma?

  • Please briefly explain the prajna paramita sutra.

  • Could you tell us three persons who have inspired you the most and the books written by them?


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