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How things exist

How things exist

A series of teachings on One Hundred and Eight Verses Praising Great Compassion called A Precious Crystal Rosary by Bhikshu Lobsang Tayang given during the Chenrezig retreats at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center and Sravasti Abbey from 2006-2011.

Verse 9

  • Continuation of discussion of Verse 9 related to understanding emptiness
  • Not truly existing doesn’t mean nothing exists, but things exist dependently
  • Self-grasping ignorance, we develop anger or attachment, create karma
  • How to apply the understanding of emptiness in our lives

108 Verses 12: Verse 9 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Does wisdom destroy duality?
  • If everything is perfect because it is empty, why eliminate suffering?
  • What does it mean to say the buddhas are in happiness and bliss?
  • How do the buddhas influence sentient beings?
  • Modest disciples and sharp faculty disciples
  • Does the bliss of realizing emptiness distract you from thinking about other sentient beings?

108 Verses 13: Verse 9 Q&A (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.