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Understanding the workings of the mind

Understanding the workings of the mind

Part of a series of talks given during the annual Young Adult Week program at Sravasti Abbey in 2009.

  • Body and mind have distinct continuities because of the their different nature
  • Types of mind: primary consciousness and mental consciouness
  • Habits versus karma
  • Conceptual consciousness versus direct cognizers

Young Adults Exploring Buddhism 2009: Mind (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.