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Practicing the defender’s answers

Practicing the defender’s answers

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.

  • Checking homework: sample debates containing all five responses
  • Racial bias and the importance of agreement on the meaning of words in a debate
  • Can anger, like compassion, increase limitlessly?
  • Challenger’s response after the defender says, “The pervasion is opposite”

89 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Practicing the Defender’s Answers (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.