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Objects of attachment and antidotes

The root afflictions

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

  • Meditation on attachment to praise and reputation
  • Definition of attachment, how meditating on it relates to the wider framework of the teachings and the path
  • Types of objects we can become attached to
  • Some antidotes to attachment, such as emptiness, impermanence, and ugliness
  • Questions and answers
    • Where does this fit in with the 12 links?
    • Would offering objects of attachment to the Buddhas qualify as an antidote?

Mind and mental factors 17: Objects of attachment and antidotes (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.