Buddhism in Tibet

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.

  • The historical role of monasteries and why monastics are important
  • Understanding ethics relative to our level of practice
  • The history of the four Tibetan Buddhist traditions and misconceptions
  • The importance of critical inquiry regarding various spiritual views
  • The challenge of differentiating the Dharma from cultural expressions

35 Approaching the Buddhist Path: Buddhism in Tibet (download)

Contemplation points

  1. Why is it easier to practice the pratimoksha precepts than the bodhisattva or even tantric precepts?
  2. Why do we need reasoning and the application of Buddhist practice together and not just one of them?
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.