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How to approach retreat

Introduction to the two-week White Tara retreat

This talk was given during the White Tara Winter Retreat at Sravasti Abbey. White Tara’s specialty is long life, which she bestows by helping to purify the negative karma that causes disease and untimely death.

  • The purpose of the retreat
  • Advice for practicing during the meditation sessions and between sessions
  • Instruction on the nine-point breathing meditation to settle the mind before meditation sessions

White Tara Retreat 37.1: Two-week retreat introduction (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.

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