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Fundamentals of Buddhism

Fundamentals of Buddhism

Part of a series of teachings given during Sravasti Abbey’s annual Exploring Buddhism for Young Adults program in 2016.

  • Description of the four truths of the aryas
  • How to have peace without the giddy happiness
  • Why do I have a body to start with?
  • Question and examine societal values
  • Happiness comes from the act of giving, not the expectation of something
  • Training our mind to be more realistic

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.