How the afflictions harm us
04 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.
- Combating afflictions takes different forms
- Refining the actions of the three doors and mitigating the afflictions
- Human, Deva, and Brahmin vehicles
- A step-by-step approach to the topic of afflictions
- Identify emotions; differentiate wants from needs
- Disliking afflictions: “Be angry with anger”
- Afflictions proliferate & team up
- Definition of an affliction
- Identifying afflictions
- Ten root afflictions
- Difference between “emotional” & “cognitive” afflictions
- Question: Is faith in rebirth necessary?
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.