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Equality of samsara and nirvana

86 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Part of an ongoing series of teachings (retreat and Friday) based on the book Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature, the third volume in The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Different meanings of equality of samsara and nirvana
  • Description of manifold and one taste
  • Explanation of mind in samsara and mind in nirvana
  • Importance of ethical conduct
  • Different levels of mind in sutra vehicle and tantra vehicle
  • Depending on the depth of single-pointed concentration
  • Depending on the physical condition of the body
  • Fundamental innate clear light mind
  • Explanation of innate clear light mind as the source of samsara and nirvana
  • Subtlest mind and subtlest wind and four Buddha bodies

Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature 86: Equality of Samsara and Nirvnana (download)

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.