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How to be a 21st Century Buddhist

How to be a 21st Century Buddhist

A talk given at the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore.

  • Being a 21st Century Buddhist doesn’t mean changing the Dharma teachings to fit contemporary culture
  • We should be educated and learn what the Buddha taught, not unquestioning believers
  • Learn to not be sectarian, be open-minded and respectful of other Buddhist traditions
  • Respect other religions and engage in interfaith dialogue
  • We should use reasoning when learning the teachings
  • Be socially engaged
  • Know about science and how Buddhism can link with science, don’t partition science and religion
  • Be educated on climate change and care for the environment
  • Support gender equality in Buddhism
  • Lay practitioners need a good Dharma education, just creating merit is not sufficient

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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.