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Cultivating better relationships

Cultivating better relationships

A talk given at the Singapore Expo Conference Hall in October 2001.

Relationships through ethics and manners

  • How the self-centered mind contributes to our misery
  • Practical ways to improve relationships

Relationships: Part 1 (download)

Communication and forgiveness

  • Challenging our assumptions of others’ motivation
  • The importance of good communication and forgiveness

Relationships: Part 2 (download)

Forgiving and apologizing

  • How both apologizing and forgiving create peace in the mind
  • The benefits of expressing how much we value our relationships

Relationships: Part 3 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Helping deceased loved ones
  • Broken relationships
  • Avoiding attachment
  • Effectively communicating differences
  • Dealing with hurt and anger

Relationships: Q&A (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.