“If you’re invested in security and certainty,
you are on the wrong planet.” 
– Pema Chödrön


The 16 Bodhisattva Precepts – Larry Robinson

Nov 19, 2023

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Instead of seeing ourselves as separate from the world we observe, can we imagine that it is the Buddha looking out through our eyes, wishing the best for everyone and everything?

In this talk, Larry Robinson explains that in the Mayahana traditions, we sit and practice not to attain or accomplish anything, but to express our Bodhicitta, our true nature, and to connect with the underlying reality of all things: unity.

He explores in further detail the practices that help reinforce our experience of unity: the 16 Bodhisattva precepts. Rather than commandments, these are guidelines for experiencing the world through the eyes of the Buddha; a roadmap for remembering who we really are.
Larry Robinson has been a practicing Buddhist for 47 years, mostly in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. He is a member of the Occidental Laguna Sangha in Sebastopol, studying with Bruce Fortin in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi. A long-time environmental and social justice activist, he is a retired ecopsychologist and former mayor of Sebastopol. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for Climate Protection and the board of trustees of Meridian University.

His “large and foolish project” (in the words of Rumi) is to restore the soul of the world through reawakening the oral tradition of poetry. He is the founder and producer of Rumi’s Caravan.