Teachings on “Open Heart, Clear Mind”

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A multi-part course based on Open Heart, Clear Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from April 2007 to December 2008. You can also study the book in-depth through the Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) online learning program.

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  • All teachings are given by Venerable Thubten Chodron except where otherwise noted.

    Meditation and the Buddhist approach (April 15, 2007)

    Course description and instruction on breathing meditation (download)

    How to investigate and evaluate spiritual teachings before accepting them (download)

    Questions and answers (download)

    • Which school of Buddhism to focus on
    • Comparisons with Hindu concepts

    Taking the ache out of attachment (May 6, 2007)

    How to bring about real happiness and eliminate suffering (download)

    Questions and answers (download)

    • The difference between positive aspiration and attachment
    • Seeing through romantic attachment

    Guided meditation on attachment (download)

    Anger and other disturbing attitudes (June 3, 2007)

    Teaching by Nancy Nesbit, now Venerable Thubten Semkye (download)

    Self-centeredness (July 15, 2007)

    Teaching by Barbara McDaniels, now Venerable Thubten Chonyi (download)

    • Disadvantages of self-centeredness
    • Antidotes to self-centeredness

    Rebirth and karma (August 26, 2007)

    Understanding rebirth and its relationship to karma (download)

    Questions and answers (download)

    • How karmic seeds are connected to mindstream
    • Memory with the brain
    • Group karma
    • Capital punishment
    • Positive thoughts at death

    These teachings are continued on the next page (see links below).

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