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Ultimate and conventional existence

Part of a series of talks on Lama Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Aspects of the Path given in various locations around the United States from 2002-2007. This talk was given in Boise, Idaho.

Ignorance and wisdom

  • Determination to be free
  • Correct view of the nature of reality
  • Why we should meditate on the correct view
  • How wisdom and ignorance apprehends things
  • The negated object and how the “I” appears

16a Three Principal Aspects of the Path 2003 (download)

Finding the self

  • Chandrakirti’s seven-point method to finding the “I”
  • Applying this method to an object
  • Relationships between an object and it’s parts
  • Ultimate existence versus conventional existence or inherent existence versus dependent existence
  • Questions and answers

16b Three Principal Aspects of the Path 2003 (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.

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