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What the Buddha taught

What the Buddha taught

Decorative carving of the Buddha teaching at Deer Park.
Photo by Nick Hubbard

In my mind a sad and painful battle was fought
Until I learned what the Buddha taught.
The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha I hold these things dear,
Within The Triple Gem I have nothing to worry or fear.
No longer do I have a qualm or quarrel;
Instead, I live my life pure and moral.
“Everything is suffering,” the Buddha once said.
So, drive those ill thoughts out of your head.
May all sentient beings have peace and tranquility.
May they have a heart that beats and eyes that see.
So break the cycle of rebirth and clear your mind,
And leave all attachments and suffering behind.

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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