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Consumerism and happiness

Consumerism and happiness

A talk given at the Buddhist Library in Singapore on October 1, 2000.

The defects of consumerism

  • Questioning external things as happiness
  • Difficulties in measuring our lives through consumerism

Buddhism and consumerism 01 (download)

Examining our motivation

  • Reflecting in our daily activities
  • Motivations that lead to happiness and suffering
  • Consumerism and the environment

Buddhism and consumerism 02 (download)

Questions and answers: Part 1

  • Differences between self-grasping and self-esteem
  • Understanding self-worth

Buddhism and consumerism: Q&A Part 1 (download)

Questions and answers: Part 2

  • Buddhism and economic theory
  • Generosity and happiness

Buddhism and consumerism: Q&A Part 2 (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.

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