Books | Thubten Chodron The Thubten Chodron Teaching Archive Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:25:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 “An Open-Hearted Life”: Living with authenticity Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:42:55 +0000

  • We take care of our self in order to practice the Dharma and benefit others
  • Genuine compassion is developed with a rational state of mind
  • Compassion is an internal feeling not an external behavior
  • Respect for others is an ingredient of compassion

An Open-Hearted Life: Living with authenticity (download)

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Transforming attachment and hostility Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:52:05 +0000

  • Verse 23: Cultivating the wisdom that transforms attachment
  • Verse 24: Overcoming the mind of aversion and hostility
  • Verse 25: Giving without expectation
  • Verse 26: Benefitting others through ethical conduct

SDD 39: Transforming attachment and hostility (download)

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“Good Karma” book launch Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:22:58 +0000

  • The system of karma and its effects means we create our own experiences
  • The origin of the book: and illness and a poem
  • The taking and giving meditation increases courage and compassion in our own heart
  • The karma of stealing and the karma of respecting others property

Good Karma book launch (download)

“Good Karma”: Creating the causes for happiness Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:32:01 +0000

  • How the book came to be written
  • The cause of our happiness and suffering are not external situations
  • Accepting responsibility for our actions and their results
  • If we don’t like what we’re experiencing in life, we can change what we’re doing
  • Seeing our selfish mind and self-grasping as our enemy

Good karma (download)

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Transforming the self-centered mind Sun, 06 Nov 2016 14:48:29 +0000

  • Transforming our mind when we encounter adversity
  • Verse 12: Living with loss
  • Verse 13: Transforming suffering
  • Verse 14: Facing blame
  • Verse 15: Working with criticism

SDD 39: Transforming the self-centered mind (download)

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Why do things happen? Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:24:15 +0000

  • Our experience happens due to two factors—karma and how we interpret situations
  • Karma—how our actions result in our experiences
  • The importance of intention
  • The origin of the book—a serious illness and verse nine
  • If we don’t want unpleasant results, we should change our actions
  • How we create our own experience through our concepualization

Why do things happen? (download)

“Don’t Believe Everything You Think” review: Verses 1-9 Sun, 16 Oct 2016 18:37:04 +0000

  • Verse 1: Recognizing the valuable opportunity we have
  • Verse 2: Recognizing and opposing the three poisons
  • Verse 3: Distancing yourself from the triggers of disturbing emotions
  • Verse 4: Contemplating death and impermanence
  • Verse 5: Looking at friendships to discern true and false friends
  • Verse 6: Seeing the importance of spiritual mentors
  • Verse 7: Our spiritual refuge
  • Verse 8: Our actions determine our happiness and suffering
  • Verse 9: Aspiring for freedom from ignorance, anger, and attachment

SDD 38: Review of verses 1-9 (download)

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“Good Karma”: Book reading with questions and answers Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:48:47 +0000

  • The story behind writing the book
  • Our actions have a moral dimension that determines our experiences
  • Reading of selected verses with commentary
  • Opening our heart and being kind benefits others and ourselves
  • Karmic experiences are not punishment and reward, just cause and effect
  • A Buddhist view of family dynamics

“Good Karma” book reading (download)

Dedicating our merit Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:04:46 +0000

To remove the suffering of limitless beings,
Understanding the purity of the three spheres,
Dedicate the virtue from making such effort
To enlightenment—
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.

  • Focusing on others versus focusing on our self
  • Connecting with others opens our heart and enriches our life
  • Training the mind to give our spiritual virtue away
  • The purity of the three spheres—our attitude when dedicating our spiritual virtue

SDD 37: Dedicating the merit (download)

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Mindfulness Sun, 14 Aug 2016 20:43:03 +0000

In brief, whatever you are doing,
Ask yourself “What’s the state of my mind?”
With constant mindfulness and mental alertness
Accomplish others’ good—
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.

  • The difference between secular mindfulness and the Buddhist practice of mindfulness
  • Mindfulness is remembering and acting according to our values and ethical standards
  • The advantages of being mindful of our thoughts and feelings
  • If we are aware of our state of mind we can apply antidotes to afflictive states
  • We can benefit those around us in small ways that take little effort

SDD 36: Mindfulness (download)

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