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What ignorance is

What ignorance is

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 “recognizing what ignorance is”
  • How ignorance is not just a not knowing but an active misconception
  • Why it is important to identify the object of negation correctly
  • The problems of leaning toward the extremes of nihilism or absolutism
  • What is meant by the “middle way”
  • The difference between the philosophical schools in regard to how they view selflessness

MTRS 58: Recognizing what ignorance is (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.