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Letting go of identities

Letting go of identities

A talk given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Monastic Life program in 2015.

  • Being aware of all our identities and how they are fabricated by the mind
  • How we become attached to, or averse to, our identities
  • How clinging to identities creates unnecessary anxiety and stress, and becomes a hindrance in our spiritual practice
  • Continuation of the commentary on the chapter on ethical conduct in Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

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.