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The possibility of ending duhkha

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.

  • Everything that we experience arises due to causes and conditions
  • How dependent arising relates to karma and the four truths
  • Proving the existence of the Three Jewels
  • The two factors that make liberation is possible
  • Explanation of the conventional and ultimate nature of the mind

07 Approaching the Buddhist Path: The Possibility of Ending Duhkha (download)

Contemplation points

  1. What is the foundation of all Dharma practices?
  2. There are two levels of dependent arising that are the main factors through which spiritual practitioners accomplish aspiration. What are they?
  3. Please describe briefly how dependent arising underlies the four truths.
  4. How do we actualize the body and mind of a Buddha?
  5. What two factors make liberation possible?
  6. What is the cause of cyclic existence?
  7. What is nirvana?
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.