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Chapter 6: The 37 aids to awakening

25 Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions

  • Afflictive mental factors depend on ignorance
  • Beneficial mental factors are useful, reliable, and based on reasoning
  • Mindfulness of phenomena as laid out in the Mahasatipatthana Sutta
  • Four establishments of mindfulness for bodhisattvas

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.