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Understanding Buddhist traditions

A talk given at Jewel Heart Cleveland in Ohio.

  • The story behind the book and collaborating with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Overview of the various traditions and common misconceptions
  • The benefit of studying other traditions and learning the similarities and differences and the philosophies behind them
  • The Buddhist traditions have misconceptions of each other that prevent learning from them
  • We can eliminate misconceptions of other traditions and develop a more accurate view of them
  • What is a Buddhist tradition and what is not
  • Teachings from the Pali canon appear in the lamrim

Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions (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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