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Dependent arising and emptiness

Dependent arising and emptiness

Part of a series of teachings on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book titled How to See Yourself as You Really Are given during a weekend retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2017.

  • The compatibility of dependent arising and emptiness
  • The importance of recognizing our ignorance
  • Using reasoning to refute our wrong views
  • Chapter 19: Viewing yourself as like an illusion
  • The four distortions
  • Inherent existence blocks our development of love and compassion
  • Seeing that things are empty but can still function
  • Questions and answers

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.