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.
Managing illness (download)
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.