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Cultivating ultimate bodhicitta

A series of commentaries on Mind Training Like Rays of the Sun by Nam-kha Pel, a disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa, given between September 2008 and July 2010.

  • Beginning of the section on “the actual instructions on cultivating the ultimate awakening mind”
  • The difference between definitive and interpretable teachings
  • The permanent, partless, independent self
    • A gross level of misconception of the self that all Buddhist schools reject
    • The method for negating this gross misconception

MTRS 57: Definitive and interpretable teachings (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.