Ven. Thubten Chodron
teaching at Maitripa


Friday, March 8th @ 7:30pm
Powell's City of Books on Burnside
1005 W Burnside (800) 878-7323

There are several popular treatments of Buddhism's famous text "The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas," but Thubten Chodron's Don't Believe Everything You Think(Snow Lion) is the only one that includes personal accounts by Buddhist practitioners of the ways they have successfully used its teachings of compassion and forgiveness in their everyday lives. This event is cosponsored by Dharma Rain Zen Center.

Saturday, March 9, 2013
9am - Noon


A Public Talk & Workshop:
“Is What We Think True?"

Tibetan Buddhist philosophy teaches that wrong conceptions obscure our ability to understand ultimate reality. These same erroneous notions make us miserable in everyday life too. In her new book, Don’t Believe Everything You Think, Ven. Thubten Chodron shows how to use debate techniques to test if what we think is actually true. Join her for a lively teaching and workshop on using syllogisms to expose our wacky and wearisome wrong world views.

Please join us for this special visit by a beloved teacher. Ven. Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings and is especially known for her warm, humorous and clear presentations of the applicability of the Dharma in the everyday lives of Westerners.

NOTE: Registration is currently closed as we have reached our seating capacity, but please see the announcement on the left for an opportunity to meet Ven. Chodron at her booksigning.

VENERABLE THUBTEN CHODRON is an American-born nun who ordained in the Tibetan tradition in 1977, and received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan in 1986. She has been instrumental in advancing the establishment of monastic Buddhism in the West, particularly as the founder and Abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington State. Ven.Thubten Chodron has authored six books, including Open Heart, Clear Mind; Buddhism for Beginners; Working with Anger; and Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path (with CD). Visit her website for more.

An Excerpt from Ven Chodron’s newest book:
Don't Believe Everything You Think, Living with Wisdom and Compassion

Now let’s apply it to the syllogism “I’m a bad person because I lied.” “I” is the subject, “bad person” is the predicate, and “because I lied” is the reason. Then we examine: It is true that I lied. But is it true that everyone who lies is a bad person? Does one action make someone a bad person? Do thousands of harmful actions make someone a bad person? There is a difference between a harmful action and the person who  did it. While the action can be harmful, we can’t say that the person who did it is bad. Since everyone has the potential to become a Buddha, how can anyone be a bad person? Here we see that our belief doesn’t hold up under analysis.


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