Taming the Monkey Mind
by Venerable Thubten Chodron©
Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore
Thur, 7 Nov 2002
What is the monkey mind?
Why is the image of a monkey
used? Our mind is expert at creating 'videos'.
Taming the monkey mind: recognizing
it for what it is, without excuses, without rationalization.
The 'poor me' video
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Planning and day-dreaming about a wonderful
future: Anything wrong with
What is real Dharma practice? Saying
mantras, taking refuge, making offerings - are these Dharma practice?
Dharma practice requires courage; it means being very clear and
very honest with ourselves.
When doubts arise about our Dharma
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Questions and answers
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- When we do the sadhanas and visualize
ourselves as the deity, isn't this bringing ourselves into more
fantasy? To quote Lama Yeshe, "What's the difference between
visualizing yourself as Chenresig and visualizing yourself as
- Please elaborate what you mean by the
deity is dependent arising.
- Feeling pressured by the commitments
we have to do after taking initiations.
- Doing commitments with joy vs doing
them with fear - fear of the grave consequences of not fulfilling
the commitments. It's helpful to understand the cultural context
in which teachings are given.
- What's the difference between a religion
and a philosophy? It seems that Buddhism is more of a pilosophy
of how to live our life. Is it really a religion?