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Why Buddhism?

A talk given at Kreta Ayer People's Theatre, Singapore.

We are encouraged to think for ourselves

  • Not dogmatic
  • Depends on reason
  • Does not expect faith without investigation
  • Does not contradict science

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We are encouraged to integrate the teachings into our life

  • A step-by-step method for working with our mind to achieve internal peace

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We have the power and ability to change our lives—we create the causes for what we experience

  • Everybody is equal
  • Nobody is inherently evil
  • Emphasizes respect for all religions and their followers
  • Shows how to go beyond the happiness and suffering of this life

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Questions and answers

  • Buddhism and other religions
  • Anxiety disorder?
  • Discrimination in Buddhism
  • Karma and purification
  • The difference between reasoning and realizations
  • Buddhism and dogmatism
  • Taking refuge

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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.