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Quotes about the afflictions

03 Working with Afflictive Minds

Part of a series of weekend teachings on "Working with Afflictive Minds" given at Sravasti Abbey from June to August 2023.

  • Working with afflictions as an entry point into Buddhism
  • The way out of suffering is to subdue the mind; ethical conduct
  • Nothing severs the mental continuum; afflictions can be eliminated
  • A mind driven by afflictions is like a chariot driven by a childlike person
    • Recognizing afflictions & their destructiveness
    • Sutra requested by Dayin
  • Going toward what “feels good” is not dharma; fortitude
  • Exchanging afflictions for virtuous states of mind
  • Developing a thorough understanding of the path grows our confidence
  • Afflictions are the motivation behind destructive karma
    • Anger is always destructive

Geshe Tenzin Chodrak (Dadul Namgyal)

Geshe Tenzin Chodrak (Dadul Namgyal) is a prominent scholar who earned a Geshe Lharampa degree in Buddhism and Philosophy from Drepung Monastic University in 1992. He also holds a Master’s degree in English Literature from Panjab University in Chandigarh, India. Author of several books on Buddhism, Geshe Tenzin Chodrak was also professor of Philosophy at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India for seven years. In addition, he has been the Spiritual Director of Losel Shedrup Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center, Knoxville, USA. Due to his facility in both Tibetan and English, he is interpreter and speaker for numerous conferences exploring the interface of Buddhism with modern science, Western philosophy, and psychology and other religious traditions on both a national and international level. Geshela’s language ability has also enabled him to serve as an auxiliary language translator for His Holiness and Dalai Lama throughout the world. As a published author and translator, Geshela’s credits include a Tibetan translation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Power of Compassion, a language manual, Learn English through Tibetan, and a critical work on Tsongkhapa’s Speech of Gold. Geshela lived and worked at Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, Georgia, where he prepared a six-year curriculum in Modern Science to be used in Tibetan monasteries and nunneries. Geshe Tenzin Chodrak is also on the Sravasti Abbey Advisory Board.

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