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“Fundamental Teacher” chant and commentary

“Fundamental Teacher” chant and commentary

During the Death and Caring for the Dying Retreat, Venerable Thubten Chodron gave this brief commentary to the Buddha Shakyamuni “Refuge and Dedication” chanting practice.

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Buddha Shakyamuni chanting practice commentary (download)

Homage to the fundamental teacher, Shakyamuni Buddha

Na Mo Ben Shi Tsay Tya Mu Ni Fo

Fundamental teacher Shakyamuni Buddha (download)

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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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