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People often find tantric practice to be very exotic with the elaborate visualizations and different mantras, but eventually get confused and bored when they don’t understand the symbolism behind them.

In this interesting video, Ven. Thubten Chodron of Sravasti Abbey responds to a letter sent to her, which begins with

Being a Westerner, I find some of the Tibetan Buddhist symbolism and visualizations strange.

Ven Chodron responds and explains, in an informative and humorous way, the purpose and meaning of symbolism in tantric Buddhism and why it’s important not to constantly create new visualizations.

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