Prayers & Practices

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Prayers are ways of guiding our thoughts and energy in a certain direction; they are a technique in helping us transform our mind. By repeatedly thinking of the meaning of what we are saying or reading, we train and familiarize ourselves in a way of regarding and relating to ourselves and others. The testing ground that shows us which qualities are firm within us and which ones still need to be developed is our daily life with all its various activities. Thus for a person dedicated to developing his or her Buddha potential, prayers and the activities of daily life complement each other.

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The Seven-Limb Practice:
The King of Prayers

by Venerable Thubten Chodron©
Mid-America Buddhist Association (MABA), Augusta, Missouri, USA
5 May and 12 May, 2002

The Seven-Limb Practice is a method to purify and accumulate positive potential. The practice is from the King of Prayers: The Extraordinary Aspiration of the Practice of Samantabhadra, the prayer that contains all aspects of the Bodhisattva practice. For a complete copy of the King of Prayers, translated by Jesse Fenton of Dharma Friendship Foundation, click here.

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1. Introduction: The Purpose of the Seven-Limb Practice
[17 minutes] : Download

2. Prostration (Part 1)
[34 minutes]: Download

3. Q&A
[20 minutes]: Download

4. Prostration (Part 2)
[18 minutes]: Download

5. Offering
[18 minutes]: Download

6. Confession
[27 minutes]: Download

7. Rejoicing
[12 minutes]: Download

8. Requesting Teachings
[13 minutes]: Download

9. Requesting that the Buddhas and Spiritual Masters Remain
[5 minutes]: Download

10. Dedication and Q&A
[9 minutes]: Download

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