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The entrance to the Buddhist path

The entrance to the Buddhist path

Part of a series of online talks hosted by Vajrayana Institute in Sydney, Australia.

  • A different order for presenting the Buddha’s teachings in the West
  • The ultimate goal of the Three Jewels
  • The Buddhist approach to teachings
  • Investigation and logic versus blind belief and miracles
  • The three doors
  • The Two Truths and the Four Truths as foundations for initial understanding
  • Reasons for taking refuge
    • Unfortunate rebirths
    • The guidance/ protection of the Three Jewels
    • Compassion for sentient beings
  • The Buddha’s blessing and inspiration
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.

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