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The power of determination

The power of determination

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

  • The importance of cultivating equanimity
  • Becoming receptive to the guidance of others
  • Making amends with those we have harmed
  • How determination gives us the strength to refrain from making the same mistakes
  • Generating the feeling that we have purified
  • Becoming inseparable from Vajrasattva
  • The generosity of dedicating our virtue

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.