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The path to awakening: An overview

A talk based on the book Don't Believe Everything You Think given at the Nalanda Buddhist Society in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • How the lamrim system provides a framework for the Dharma teachings
  • Taking advantage of our precious human life
  • Avoiding situations that provoke the three poisons
  • Thinking about death and what is important in this life
  • Paying attention to the kind of companions we have
  • Cherishing spiritual teachers
  • Taking refuge in the Three Jewels
  • Karma
  • Aspiring for real happiness—liberation
  • Caring about the happiness of others

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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.