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Importance of a spiritual teacher

Importance of a spiritual teacher

Part of a series of talks given during the annual Young Adult Week program at Sravasti Abbey in 2012.

  • The importance of having a teacher
  • How to choose a teacher
  • A little bit of personal experience on the path from Venerable Thubten Chodron
  • The five right livelihoods, for monastics and for lay people

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.