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Aspiring for freedom: why worldly pleasures won’t cut it

Aspiring for freedom: why worldly pleasures won’t cut it

A series of talks based on Don’t Believe Everything You Think given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in March 2013. The book is a commentary on The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.

Like the dew on the tip of a blade of grass, pleasures of the three worlds
Last only a while and then vanish.
Aspire to the never-changing
Supreme state of liberation—
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.

  • Short term worldly pleasures versus long term happiness
  • Liberation and it’s causes
  • Real freedom is freedom from the inner disturbing attitudes not freedom to follow every impulse
  • Cultivating a sense of inner contentment

SDD 09: Aspiring for freedom: why worldly pleasure won’t cut it (download)

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.