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Building a strong foundation in the Dharma

Building a strong foundation in the Dharma

A talk given at the Manjushri Vihara Temple in Tainan City, Taiwan (ROC). In English with Chinese translation.

  • Renunciation: understanding our situation in samsara and aspiring to be free
  • Bodhicitta: the intention to become a buddha for the benefit of all sentient beings
  • Wisdom: the correct understanding of the nature of reality
  • How we can foster the recollection of bodhicitta in future lives

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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.