Group of six root afflictions

Part of a series of teachings given through the Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle from January 1995 to April 1996.

  • Guided meditation on the three types of compassion: observing sentient beings, observing phenomena (transience), and objectless compassion
  • Disturbing attitudes—factors which cause our mind to be unpeaceful, unsubdued
  • Discussion on the root disturbing attitude of attachment, examining its causes and effects in our lives
  • Participants are invited to examine their own attachments, their resulting attitudes and behaviors, how these create a lack of freedom and happiness
  • By examining our own attachment, having compassion for ourselves and others in the grip of this disturbing attitude, we are able to move towards freedom and bodhicitta

Mind and mental factors 15: (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.