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Death and the defects of samsara

Death and the defects 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.

  • Meditation : letting go of the judgmental mind
  • Q&A session:
    • How Dharma practice helps those in the bardo
    • Difference between subtle and gross impermanence
    • Is our accumulated merit lost when we lose our mental capacity?
    • Relationship between the eight worldly concerns, self-centeredness and 12 links of dependent arising
    • Helping our family and friends to prepare for our death
  • How to work with negative states of mind occurring after meditation on death and the eight worldly concerns
  • Meditation on imagining our death
  • Reflection on six faults of cyclic existence as an antidote to the second of the four attachments

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.