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Choosing your debate partner

Choosing your debate partner

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.

  • How to wisely choose a debate partner
  • Developing rationality, integrity and the ability to admit faults in ourselves
  • Exploring our degree of open-mindedness and curiosity about how things exist
  • Why the greatest obstacle to learning is thinking you already know
  • The tension between the traditional learning method and the modern western approach

71 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Choosing Your Debate Partner (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.