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Dealing with depression

Dealing with depression

A talk given at the Buddhist Library in Singapore in October 2001.


  • Meditation and setting a proper motivation for listening to the teaching

Depression 01: Motivation (download)

Gaining perspective

  • Employing both physical and spiritual practices to help depression
  • Putting our life and worries into perspective

Depression 02: Part 1 (download)

Making life meaningful

  • Making life meaningful, despite our circumstances, through spiritual practice
  • How the self-centered mind creates suffering
  • How changing our perspective changes our experience

Depression 03: Part 2 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Overcoming negative thoughts
  • Helping someone with childhood trauma, depression, suicidal thoughts, or grief

Depression 04: Q&A (download)


Depression 05: Conclusion (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.