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Overcoming afflictions

Taking delight in giving: Part 5 of 5

Teaching on the far-reaching practice of generosity through commentary on Chapter 18 and 19 of Nagarjuna’s text, Treatise on the Great Perfection of Wisdom, given March 21-22, 2009, at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center.

  • Middle way of taking joy in process of getting to goal of enlightenment
  • Hindrance of being judgmental on ourselves
  • Low self-esteem and arrogance versus humility and self-confidence
  • Mental afflictions rooted in ignorance: disturbing attitudes, emotions, wrong views
  • Generosity helps subdue afflictions
  • Nirvana is the destruction of the afflictions

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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.

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