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Nelson Mandela’s advice

Nelson Mandela’s advice

Nelson Mandela in a suit
The cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you. Photo by Wikimedia Commons

In his biography Mandela, Nelson Mandela advised his then-wife, Winnie, how to use her upcoming jail time. He spent 27 years in prison in South Africa for his fight against apartheid and went on to become South Africa’s president from 1994 to 1999. The words he wrote can guide anyone who is serving time.

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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