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Fortitude of practicing the Dharma

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.

Anger, attachment, purification

  • Anger and the instantaneous explosive reaction
  • Purification
  • Attachment and hatred
  • Self-cherishing versus valuing ourselves
  • Extreme asceticism and self-indulgence

Essence of Refined Gold 44: Q&A (download)

Far reaching fortitude

  • Continuing on the far-reaching practice of patience or fortitude
  • The third kind of patience: the patience of practicing the Dharma
  • Benefits of patience to deal with mental and physical difficulties of practicing the Dharma

Essence of Refined Gold 44 (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.