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The object of negation

The object of negation

Part of a series of online teachings based on the book Searching for the Self, the seventh volume in The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron. The talks were hosted by Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Why we need to identify and overcome self-grasping ignorance
  • The importance of correctly identifying the object of negation (pp. 164–167)
  • What is not the object of negation (pp. 168–169)
  • Using conceptual consciousnesses to understand emptiness
  • Refuting faulty philosophies
  • The valid sense of I (pp. 170–171)
  • What is inherent existence?
  • Questions and answers

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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.