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Manjushri, the special deity of debate

Manjushri, the special deity of debate

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.

  • An explanation and various pronunciations of Manjushri’s mantra
  • The characteristics and symbolism of the five Buddha families
  • The benefits of reciting the prayer to and mantra of Manjushri
  • The first of the three purposes of Buddhist debate
  • Why practical application of the Dharma is more useful than mere learnedness

74 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Manjushri (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.