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Cultivating social harmony

Cultivating social harmony

Reflections on the 2013 presidential inauguration speeches.

  • Wishing for society to “unite and pray” to an outside source for blessings
  • A different perspective on how we should cultivate the qualities that we want to see in society–in ourselves first

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.