Meeting breast cancer with the Dharma

Four instructions that made a difference

This talk was given by Zopa Herron at Sravasti Abbey on May 6, 2007, on her experience with cancer and the Dharma teachings that helped her through her mastectomy.

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    Setting the context for meeting suffering. The four instructions that made a difference:

    • Venerable Thubten Chodron: be kind to everyone at the hospital.
    • Yangsi Rinpoche: be gentle with yourself; do the taking and giving meditation (tonglen).
    • Lama Zopa Rinpoche, from Transforming Problems into Happiness: “This is not a problem.”
    • Geshe Kalsang Damdul: never think of this as anything but purification.

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