Generating a kind heart

A talk on how to lay the foundation for the taking and giving (tonglen) practice, given at the Emaho Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 14, 2005.

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  • Developing equanimity (download)

    • Overcoming the gross discriminating mind that sees friends, enemies and strangers
    • Seeing all beings as worthy of happiness and freedom from suffering
    • Cultivating open-hearted concern for all

    Developing love (download)

    Reflecting on the kindness of sentient beings and seeing them as lovable.

    Questions and answers: part one (download)

    • What should we do about people who are in public service but lack integrity?

    Questions and answers: part two (download)

    • What is happiness?
    • What is compassion?

    Questions and answers: part three (download)

    • How do you deal with the inner brat?
    • How can you be happy when you can’t get what you really want?

    Venerable Thubten Chodron also led a short guided meditation at the same venue on how to still the critical mind.

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