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The purpose of rituals and chanting

This short talk was given during a Dharma workshop held November 27-28, 2001, at Tai Pei Buddhist Centre in Singapore.

  • How important rituals are in Buddhism
  • External and internal ritual
  • Why Buddhists chant and how often they chant
  • Different types of recitation and chanting

Q&A: Rituals and chanting (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.