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Why understanding the truth is needed

Part of a series of teachings on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book titled How to See Yourself as You Really Are at Sravasti Abbey in 2013.

  • Review of topics covered last year: what samsara is and causes of samsara
  • Continuing from page 35 of the book
    • Ignorance that lies at the root of all of our difficulties
    • Seeing the truth of the emptiness of inherent existence
    • How to make meditation meaningful
  • Questions and answers

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.