True origins

Part of a series of teachings on Essence of Refined Gold by the Third Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. The text is a commentary on Songs of Experience by Lama Tsongkhapa.

The true origins of dukkha

  • The true origins of suffering and the source of dukkha
  • The root afflictions
  • The source of mental afflictions

Essence of Refined Gold 30 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Self-doubt vs. deluded doubt
  • Self-doubt vs. inverted pride
  • Eliminating the delusion that the nominally existent self exists inherently

Essence of Refined Gold 30: 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.

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