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The causes of samsara

Venerable Chodron is offering a series of nine online teachings on the text “Parting from the Four Attachments” by Nubpa Rigzin Drak at the request of the Friends of Sravasti Russia. This classic text from the Sakya tradition gets straight to the heart of the obstacles to our Dharma practice and how to overcome them.

  • How meditating on impermanence helps us overcome attachment and depression
  • Spiritual practice as a way of repaying kindness of others
  • Q&A session:
    • Laziness and the eight worldly concerns
    • Can we believe in rebirth just because it gives us hope?
  • Defects of rebirth in form and formless realms
  • Six root afflictions as the causes of cyclic existence
  • Abandoning three kinds of duhkha
  • Disadvantages of the third attachment: to our own self-interest

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.