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Early Buddhism in Sri Lanka

Early Buddhism in Sri Lanka

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 relate to practitioners of other Buddhist traditions
  • The relationship between religion and government throughout history
  • Considering the basis of our faith in the Buddhadharma
  • The origin of the term, Theravada, and its use over time
  • How various Buddhist traditions learn from and influence each other

23 Approaching the Buddhist Path: Early Buddhism in Sri Lanka (download)

Contemplation points

  1. How do we develop a more open approach towards other religious traditions?
  2. Why is it important to have tolerance and understanding towards other religious traditions?
  3. How is this approach beneficial in long-term?
  4. What is your basis of your faith in the Buddhadharma?
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.