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Contemplating the Suffering of Beings

by Kulaprabha

This is the third of four talks exploring Vasubandhu's Four Factors. In his treatise Generating Bodhi Resolve, Vasubandhu describes them as able to generate the resolve to cultivate and accumulate the bases for the Arising of the Bodhicitta. You can find out more about them in Sangharakshita's books The Meaning of Conversion in Buddhism and The Bodhisattva Ideal.

Kulaprabha gave this talk on a meditation retreat for women who have asked for ordination. The complete set of talks are as follows and each one finishes with a led reflection on the theme.

Factor 1: Reflecting on the Buddha, by Saddhanandi

Factor 2: Contemplating the Faults of Existence, by Dhammadassin

Factor 3: Contemplating the Suffering Beings, by Kulaprabha

Factor 4: Contemplating the Qualities of the Tathagathas, by Samantabhadri

Given at Taraloka in February, 2010.

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1. Robins, Despair, Earthquakes, Other People (5:41) 
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2. Our Reaction to Suffering (4:55) 
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3. When a Bodhisattva Is Sick (5:04) 
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4. Fascination with Self (8:06) 
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5. I-Making and Mine-Making (5:49) 
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6. How a Bodhisattva Regards Beings (5:31) 
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7. In the Long Night of Time (6:12) 
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8. Led Reflection (27:51) 


Total running time: 1:09:09

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