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Ultimate and conventional truths

Ultimate and conventional truths

Part of a series of talks based on the book Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness given at the Garrison Institute, New York. The weekend retreat was sponsored by the Shantideva Meditation Center.

  • Forgiveness means letting go of grudges by owning our responsibility for a conflict
  • How we can help our relatives who are angry
  • Letting go of old trauma and victim mentality
  • Absolutism and nihilism: incorrect ways of apprehending the self
  • Can a permanent soul exist?
  • Meaning of conventional and ultimate existence
  • How ignorance grasping at inherent existence acts as the root of samsara
  • What is a merely designated “I”?

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.