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Buddhist tenet systems: Question and answers part 2

Buddhist tenet systems: Question and answers part 2

Part of a series of talks on the key points of the four main Buddhist tenet systems.

  • What is a neutral afflictive mental factor?
  • Can you explain the analogy of the mind like an ocean?
  • To what degree could the afflictions arise in a mind that actualizes the various tenets?
  • Explain the position of existence of external reality for each tenet school
  • Why make a designation of external and internal reality if both are merely designated?
  • Is the Prasangika assertion of merely designated the same as the mind-only assertion?
  • Can one attain Buddhahood holding the Cittamatra view?
  • The person is an abstract composite
  • What is your personal conclusion as to the nature of reality?
  • What factors contribute to making wise choices in life?
  • What is the difference between sutra and tantra?
  • Why is the Sautantrika school used for lorig studies?
  • What is important to understand about mental factors in terms of attaining liberation?
  • The difference between designation on the aggregates and in dependence upon the aggregates
  • The power of the words “mine” and “my”

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.