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Online teaching resources

This compilation of teachings serves to guide the student interested in the meaning and benefits of taking refuge in the Three Jewels.

  1. The Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience (video & audio)
    Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience (Teachings 2014-15)

  3. Teachings on the refuge ngondro practice (video, audio, transcripts)
    Stages of the Path: Refuge Ngöndro (BBCorner 2009)

  5. Teachings on refuge
    1. From Gomchen Lamrim teachings 2015 (video & audio)
      The qualities of the Three Jewels
      How to take refuge in the Three Jewels

    3. From Green Tara retreat 2015 (video)
      Introducing the text and author
      Objects of refuge
      Special attributes of the Three Jewels

    5. From The Essence of a Human Life 2015 BBC Series (video, audio, transcripts)
      Taking refuge in the Three Jewels
      Causal and resultant refuge
      The four fearlessnesses of the Buddha
      More qualities of the Buddha
      Emptiness and buddha nature
      Qualities of the Dharma Jewel
      Qualities of the Sangha Jewel

    7. 2014 BBC talks on avoiding negative karma with the Three Jewels
      Karma and the Three Jewels
      Avoiding negative karma with the Sangha
      Q&A on handling Sangha property
      Avoiding negative karma with the Dharma
      Handling the Dharma with care
      Teaching the Dharma with the right motivation
      Avoiding negative karma with the Buddha

    9. From Stages of the Path 2009-2010 BBC Series (video)
      Stages of the Path: Initial Scope: Refuge

    11. From Essence of Refined Gold teachings 2007 (audio & transcripts)
      The meaning of refuge
      Understanding the Three Jewels

    13. From lamrim teachings 1991-1992 given at Dharma Friendship Foundation (DFF) (audio & transcripts)
      Objects of refuge
      Qualities of a Buddha
      A Buddha’s body and speech
      Qualities of a Buddha’s mind
      Qualities of the Three Jewels
      Spiritual practice transforms us
      Benefits of having taken refuge
      The practice of refuge
      Activities after taking refuge

    15. Stand-alone talks on refuge
      Video teachings on refuge: Refuge
      2007 audio and transcript of refuge and precepts ceremony: Refuge and precepts ceremony
      2006 audio on taking refuge: Taking refuge
      2003 audio on understanding refuge: Understanding refuge
      2001 short Q&A on taking refuge: Taking refuge and the five precepts: A question-and-answer session
      1995 audio and transcript on purification and refuge: Purifying for refuge practice

    17. Text resources
      Refuge resource book
      Anguttara Nikaya 8.39: Streams of Merit
      Samyutta Nikaya 3.4: Being kind to oneself
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.