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Why study Buddhism?

Why study Buddhism?

In these interviews, recorded by a team from, Venerable Thubten Chodron answers questions about her life and what it means to be a Buddhist in the 21st century.

What does the study of Buddhism bring to people in this day and time in our world?

I think the same thing it brought to people since the Buddha taught. It helps you to have a meaningful life, to discern what is important and what is not important in life, it helps you form clear priorities and direct your life.

For me, it was very instrumental in helping me grow up emotionally, and work with anger and attachment and self-centeredness.

You know, it helps you in a worldly way by helping you to become a more ethical and kind person, and it helps in the long-term perspective by helping you to create the causes for liberation and full awakening, and to really open your heart to how things exist. Then, we aren’t constantly deceived by our own ignorance, anger and attachment.

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.

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