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Study Buddhist Treatises with Thubten Chodron - Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron

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Weekly teachings on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice. Venerable Thubten Chodron explains great Buddhist philosophical treatises in plain English, bringing ancient wisdom to life in a modern context. Get the podcast on TuneIn Radio. Streamed live from Sravasti Abbey on Thursdays at 10 am PDT

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Weekly teachings on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice. Venerable Thubten Chodron explains great Buddhist philosophical treatises in plain English, bringing ancient wisdom to life in a modern context. Get the podcast on TuneIn Radio. Streamed live from Sravasti Abbey on Thursdays at 10 am PDT

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By TraciT03 - Nov 06 2017
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Wonderful teacher who makes the teachings of the Buddha very relevant for our modern day lives.

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11 Ratings
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By TraciT03 - Nov 06 2017
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Wonderful teacher who makes the teachings of the Buddha very relevant for our modern day lives.
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Study Buddhist Treatises with Thubten Chodron - Bhikshuni Thubten Chodron

Latest release on Sep 17, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Believing in something that is not real

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  • Examples of different types of assuming consciousnesses in daily life
  • The difference between what we know and what we merely believe
  • The benefits of releasing our attachment to reputation
  • Understanding the basis of designation of mental factors
  • The importance of philosophical debate in eastern wisdom traditions
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_68_01-10-19_Believing_in_Something_That_is_Not_Real.mp3

68 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Believing in Something That is Not Real (download)

Jan 10 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #2: What is the mind?

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  • Understanding the terms: mere, clarity, and awareness
  • A mental moment and three synonyms of mind
  • Various divisions of minds and the differences between them
  • Three conditions that give rise to a perception
  • Engaged versus appearing objects of conception
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/03-14-19_What_is_the_Mind_with_Venerable_Sangye_Khadro.mp3

What is the Mind? with Venerable Sangye Khadro (download)



The handout for this teaching can be viewed here.

Mar 14 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #3: Comparisons of consciousnesses

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  • Comparisons between different types of consciousnesses
  • Review of how to formulate comparisons using debate language
  • How to understand the relationships between two phenomena
  • Many ways to divide consciousness into categories
  • Understanding the seven types of awareness using this chart
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_69_01-17-19_Comparisons_of_Consciousnesses.mp3

69 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Comparisons of Consciousnesses (download)

Jan 17 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #4: Agent, action, and object

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  • Various sources of reliable cognition
  • Establishing the Buddha as a trustworthy teacher
  • Understanding the three spheres and making examples
  • Comparing what is appearing versus what is perceived
  • Two interpretations of the definition of a sound generality
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_70_01-24-19_Agent_Action_and_Object.mp3

70 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Agent, Action & Object (download)

Jan 24 2019

1hr 34mins

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Rank #5: Definitions, divisions, and consequences

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  • Debating definitions, divisions, and illustrations
  • Debating syllogisms
  • Debating consequences and points of clarification
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_93_10-03-19_Definitions_Divisions_and_Consequences.mp3

93 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Definitions, Divisions and Consequences (download)



The handout for this review can be viewed here.

Oct 03 2019

47mins

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Rank #6: Debate practice continued

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  • A few debate samples after different responses are given by the defender
  • A common locus between what is dependent and not empty of inherent existence
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_91_09-19-19_Debate_Practice_Continued.mp3

91 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Debate Practice Continued (download)

Sep 19 2019

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Rank #7: Doubt and correctly assuming consciousness

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  • The three kinds of doubt and their definitions
  • Comparing uncertain consciousnesses with other types of consiousnesses
  • How we get stuck in our doubt in our life
  • Why its important to assess our own understanding
  • Different types of correctly assuming consciousnesses
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_65_12-21-18_Types_of_Doubt_and_Correctly_Assuming_Consciousness.mp3

65 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Doubt & Correctly Assuming Consciousness (download)

Dec 20 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #8: The clap!

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  • The difference between Buddhist debate and ordinary dispute
  • Two main settings for debates and disputes in western culture
  • Contrasting Buddhist debate and western dispute formats
  • The deeper meaning of the movements in debate
  • An explanation of the symbolism in Manjushri’s form
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_73_02-14-19_The_Clap.mp3

73 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: The Clap! (download)

Feb 14 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #9: Review of abstract composites

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  • Divisions of abstract composites and their definitions
  • Distinguishing between different types of self and reviewing tenet schools
  • Comparing common beings, arya beings and buddhas
  • List of 23 abstract composites that are not persons
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_63_12-06-18_Review_of_Abstract_Composites.mp3

63 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Review of Abstract Composites (download)

Dec 06 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #10: Review of chapters 11 and 12

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  • Six paradigms for comparing two phenomena
  • The eight approaches of pervasion
  • Reviewing terms from chapter 11 and 12 by comparison
  • Conceptual consciousnesses and direct perceivers
  • Comparing direct perceivers and sense perception
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_64_12-13-18_Review_of_Chapters_11-12.mp3

64 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Review of Chapters 11 & 12 (download)

Dec 14 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #11: Review of internal matter and consciousness

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  • Comparing external and internal matter
  • Descriptions and order of the five sense powers
  • Three conditions necessary for the arising of consciousness
  • Uncommon empowering conditions versus empowering conditions
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_62_11-29-18_Review_of_Internal_Matter_and_Consciousness.mp3

62 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Review of Internal Matter & Consciousness (download)

Nov 29 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #12: A graded range of consciousnesses

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  • Different views on subjective characteristics of sense objects
  • Observed object condition and objects of consciousness
  • What we know versus what we merely believe
  • Wrong Consciousness and injecting doubt as a strategy
  • Uncertain consciousness versus healthy curiosity
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_61_11-15-18_A_Graded_Range_of_Consciousnesses.mp3

61 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: A Graded Range of Consciousnesses (download)

Nov 15 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #13: Challengers and defenders

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  • The importance of agreed upon guidelines and structure for Buddhist debate
  • Traditional Tibetan Buddhist debate behavior and its purpose
  • Why most learning comes from debate and how testing occurs in monastic education
  • The basic framework of Buddhist debate and knowing when the debate is over
  • The five quintessential topics and curriculum of the Geshe degree program
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_72_02-07-19_Challengers_and_Defenders.mp3

72 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Challengers and Defenders (download)

Feb 08 2019

1hr 35mins

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Rank #14: Direct perceivers

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  • Clarifying meaning generality, sound generality and conceptual appearance
  • What is virtuous versus unpolluted
  • Correct and incorrect sense direct perceivers
  • Different types of mental direct perceivers
  • The goal of Buddhist reasoning and debate
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_59_10-25-18_Direct_Perceivers.mp3

59 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Direct Perceivers (download)

Oct 25 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #15: Inferential cognizers and direct perceivers

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  • Review of seven types of consciousnesses with examples
  • Five kinds of correctly assuming consciousnesses
  • Comparing different types of consciousnesses
  • The definition and examples of inferential cognizers and direct perceivers
  • Three types of inferential cognizers based on different tenet systems
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_66_12-27-18_Inferential_Cognizers_and_Direct_Perceivers.mp3

66 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Inferential Cognizers & Direct Perceivers (download)

Dec 27 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #16: Four kinds of direct perceivers

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  • Examples of correct assumptions with incorrect or no reasons
  • Understanding the awareness of foulness, great compassion, and bodhicitta
  • The difference between method and wisdom realizations
  • Four types of direct perceivers, their subcategories, and how they compare
  • How emptiness is realized according to different tenet systems
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_67_01-03-19_Four_Kinds_of_Direct_Perceivers.mp3

67 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Four Kinds of Direct Perceivers (download)

Jan 03 2019

1hr 30mins

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Rank #17: Choosing your debate partner

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  • How to wisely choose a debate partner
  • Developing rationality, integrity and the ability to admit faults in ourselves
  • Exploring our degree of open-mindedness and curiosity about how things exist
  • Why the greatest obstacle to learning is thinking you already know
  • The tension between the traditional learning method and the modern western approach
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_71_01-31-19_Choosing_Your_Debate_Partner.mp3

71 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Choosing Your Debate Partner (download)

Jan 31 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #18: The opening volleys

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  • The opening volleys
  • Reviewing the defender’s answers
  • Sample debate leading the defender back through the line of reasoning
  • Choosing your opponents in debate
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95 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: The Opening Volleys (download)

Oct 17 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #19: Definitions

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  • Clarifying the difference between definition, definiendum, and illustration
  • Different languages reflect the way people think and their context
  • Understanding how arbitrary names are
  • The meaning of definition and definiendum
  • The three qualities of a definition
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_76_03-07-19_Definitions.mp3

76 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Definitions (download)

Mar 08 2019

1hr 38mins

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Rank #20: Debate review

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  • Debating a two-part statement with definitions, divisions, illustrations
  • Debating a three-part statement
  • Debating comparison of objects
http://audio.thubtenchodron.org/The_Course_in_Buddhist_Reasoning_and_Debate_92_09-26-19_Debate_Review.mp3

92 The Course in Buddhist Reasoning and Debate: Debate Review (download)



The handout for this review can be viewed here.

Sep 26 2019

57mins

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