A broad perspective

A broad perspective

Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Approaching the Buddhist Path, the first book in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • How to develop respect for other religions
  • Why spiritually is essential in the modern world
  • Challenges facing religions today
  • Why we need many different techniques to transform our mind
  • The purpose of thinking about the past and future

03 Approaching the Buddhist Path: A Broad Perspective (download)

Contemplation points

  1. Why is it important to understand the Four Noble Truths?
  2. Why is spirituality important in the world?
  3. What are the three main challenges for Buddhism according to His Holiness the Dalai Lama? What would be a more current challenge?
  4. Why do we need to pay attentions to our past actions?
  5. Why is it important to think about dukkha?
  6. Why is it helpful to cultivate a broad outlook and a deeper view about the meaning of life?
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.