Curing our self-centeredness

A talk given at Tibet House US in New York City, New York on April 19, 2007.

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  • Self-centeredness

    • Illustrations of how self-centeredness motivates most of our actions
    • how this self-preoccupation makes us miserable

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    Low self-esteem and its antidote

    • The prevalence of low self-esteem in the West
    • Compassion as an antidote

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    Cultivating compassion

    • Cultivating compassion for those we dislike and harm us
    • How compassion is different from pity and frees us from fear

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    Questions and answers

    • Compassion for those doing harm to many
    • Dealing with those who make us unhappy
    • Prison work
    • Learning to forgive
    • Freeing ourselves from self-centered thoughts
    • True compassion

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