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Mind, rebirth, and liberation

Mind, rebirth, and liberation

Teachings given in Singapore in October 2001.

The nature of mind

  • Nature of mind—clear, knowing
  • Continuum of mind and body and their relationship
  • How we are under the influence of afflictions—ignorance, attachment

Mind, rebirth, and liberation 01 (download)

Attachment and karma

  • How attachment to materials actually brings us pain rather than happiness
  • Karmic imprints from our positive or negative actions influence our rebirth, environment, attitudes, etc.,

Mind, rebirth, and liberation 02 (download)

Karma, Dharma practice, and wisdom

  • Karma is not totally predetermination but is based on causes and conditions in this life
  • Practicing Dharma helps us to subdue habits that bring suffering, enhance habits that bring us happiness
  • Nature of “I,” how cultivating wisdom leads us to liberation

Mind, rebirth, and liberation 03 (download)

Questions and answers

  • What happens at death
  • Purifying our karma
  • Astrology
  • Catholicism, Buddhism, heaven
  • Miscarriage
  • Organ donation
  • Origin of ignorance and the consciousness

Mind, rebirth, and liberation 04 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.