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Preparing the mind for practice

Preparing the mind for practice

Part of a series of teachings from the 2012-2013 New Year’s Purification Retreat at Sravasti Abbey.

  • Finding a balance between reason and devotion in spiritual practice
  • Maintaining the big picture of our situation in samsara
  • What it means to be an embodied being
  • Renunciation as a basis for generating bodhicitta
  • Training the mind to see the kindness of sentient beings
  • Vajrasattva practice in terms of the four opponent powers

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.