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Overcoming obstacles to practice

Overcoming obstacles to practice

A talk given at Sravasti Abbey hosted online by Vajrayana Institute in Sydney, Australia.

  • Inner hindrances vs external hindrances to practice
  • Lack of interest in the Dharma is one of the biggest hindrances
  • External hindrance examples
    • Chronic illness, sickness, and injury
    • Political problems or hostile environment
  • Internal hindrance examples
    • Drowsiness and tiredness
    • Making time to practice
    • Ruminating
  • All difficulties to practice can be overcome
  • Study the Lamrim and thought training teachings

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.