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Taming the monkey mind

A talk given at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore on November 7, 2002

Our monkey mind

  • Why the image of the mind is like a monkey
  • Taming the mind through recognizing it, not making excuses, or rationalization

TMM 01 (download)

Spiritual practice

  • The faults of day-dreaming
  • What constitutes real Dharma practice
  • Countering doubts in our practice

TMM 02 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Whether sadhanas reinforce fantasy
  • Pressure from commitments after taking initiation
  • Doing commitments with joy
  • The difference between religion and philosophy

TMM 03 (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.