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Emptiness, its nature, its purpose, and its meaning

Emptiness, its nature, its purpose, and its meaning

The second of two talks based on the book Searching for the Self, The Library of Wisdom and Compassion Volume 7 by the Dalai Lama with Venerable Thubten Chodron. The talks were presented at the Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore. Listen to the first talk, The importance of realizing the ultimate nature.

  • Bodhicitta motivation
  • Emptiness is a negative phenomena
  • The two extremes and the Middle Way
  • Things are empty but arise dependently
  • Realizing emptiness is the key to liberation
  • The nature, purpose and meaning of emptiness
  • Our daily life experience shows us thing can’t exist inherently

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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.