Turning the Dharma wheel and buddha nature with Thubten Chodron
Venerable Thubten Chodron

Turning the Dharma wheel and buddha nature with Thubten Chodron

In the following talk titled “Turning the and delves deep into profound concepts, insights into nature, emptiness, and the two truths.

She emphasizes the importance of recognizing the Buddha potential within oneself, fostering confidence in developing and acknowledging the innate goodness of all beings.

Exploring the dual nature of the as both clear cognizant and empty, Thubten Chodron elucidates how afflictions affect both aspects.

The discussion extends to the three turnings of the wheel, with each turning contributing to a deeper understanding of emptiness and Buddha nature.

Drawing from various and , including the Perfection of and the Sublime Continuum, Thubten Chodron underscores the significance of comprehending emptiness, the mind, and compassion in the pursuit of .



  1. The talk addresses several questions related to Buddhist philosophy and practice, including:

    • What is Buddha nature, and how does it relate to the concept of emptiness?
    • How does understanding emptiness contribute to the development of compassion?
    • What are the two truths in Buddhism, and how do they manifest in the mind?
    • What are the three turnings of the Dharma wheel, and what teachings do they encompass?
    • How does the concept of Nirvana relate to the clear light mind and the realization of emptiness?
    • What is the significance of recognizing the innate clear light mind in the pursuit of enlightenment?
    • How do Buddhist teachings address the nature of suffering and the path to liberation?
    • What role does meditation play in understanding the true nature of the mind and phenomena?
    • How do different Buddhist traditions interpret concepts like Buddha nature and emptiness?
    • How can practitioners integrate these philosophical insights into their daily lives to cultivate compassion and wisdom?

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