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Ultimate and conventional truths

Ultimate and conventional truths

Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Daniel Perdue’s book, The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Logic: An Asian Approach to Analytical Thinking Drawn from Indian and Tibetan Sources.

  • What syllogisms do we use to justify what we are thinking?
  • What is considered ultimate or conventional consciousness from different schools
  • Differentiating between direct perception and conceptualization
  • Beneficial conceptions versus unhelpful ones
  • How we project meaning onto sensory data

38 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Ultimate and Conventional Truths (download)

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.