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Know your mind: Six root afflictions

A talk given during Part 3 of Know Your Mind: Introduction to Buddhist Psychology a two day course at Sravasti Abbey from November 13 to 14, 2021. An outline with notes used during the course is available as a pdf document.

  • Anger
  • Arrogance: Seven types of arrogance
  • Ignorance
  • Deluded doubt
  • Afflictive views: Five erroneous views
  • Questions and answers
    • Is the self-centered thought a mental factor?
    • Can you take refuge in the teacher without attachment to them?
    • Can I look at this life for clues to my past lives?
    • Is the brain and the mind the same thing?

Venerable Sangye Khadro

California-born, Venerable Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974, and is a longtime friend and colleague of Abbey founder Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Venerable Chodron. Venerable Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She has been resident teacher at the FPMT centre in Denmark since 2016, and from 2008-2015, she followed the Masters Program at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. Venerable Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into eight languages. She has taught at Sravasti Abbey since 2017 and is now a full-time resident.

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