Transforming the judgmental mind

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A talk given at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin on July 13, 2007. A few days prior to the talk, the body of a young woman, a University of Wisconsin student, was found in the woods nearby. The murder of the young woman touched those attending the teachings and others in the community.

Handling tragic events with compassion

  • Developing compassion for the victim, family and perpetrators in the context of the first verse of the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
  • People and their action separate things
  • Compassion good for our own mental health and is necessary for Buddhahood
  • Comments on violence in entertainment

Emotional Health: Handling tragic events with compassion (download)

Rejoicing in the good qualities of others

  • Emotional health in light of the second verse of the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
  • Healthy self-esteem and humility
  • Arrogance a sign of low self-esteem
  • Training mind to see others’ good qualities
  • Judgmental mind

Emotional Health: Rejoicing in the good qualities of others (download)

Questions and answers

  • Being naïve versus being judgmental
  • Interventions for drug addiction
  • Dealing with judgmental people
  • Avoiding low self-esteem
  • Views on the government and capital punishment
  • Increasing collaboration in the workplace

Emotional Health: Q&A (download)

Part 1: The source of happiness and problems

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