Food_Eatah wrote:I meant in Dharma function as ceremonial occassions where disciples gathers in the temple with the Monastic venerables to chant sutras, make praises to the Buddhas and bodhisattvas and hear teachings from the Abbot/Abbess.
I used to go to the weekly service at Fo Guang Shan. This involved reciting the Heart Sutra, chanting Namo Amituofo while walking in a group, a prayer, praising the Triple Gem, and a couple other things. It was good, and I'd go more often if I didn't live so far from the temple.
To develop bodhichitta, which is the actual practice, you need to develop such compassion that you simply cannot bear others being tormented by suffering. But in order to develop this compassion, you must know exactly how you yourself are plagued by suffering. And you must understand that the whole of samsara is by nature suffering. But first you must fear the lower realms, for without this you will have no repudiation of celestial and human happiness. You must therefore train your mind in the small- and medium- scope parts of the path. -- Pabongka Rinpoche