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The lower realms and taking refuge

Part of a series of teachings on The Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience, a lamrim text by Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen, the first Panchen Lama.

  • Thinking about possible rebirth in lower realms invigorates practice and deepens refuge
  • Cultivating the three causes of refuge to make it sincere
  • Nagarjuna’s logical proof for the existence of the Three Jewels
  • Qualities of the Buddha: the four kinds of fearlessness and the the ten powers

Easy Path 11: Lower realms and refuge (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.

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