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Love and attachment

Love and attachment

Part of a series of talks regarding the influence that Dharma practice can have on family life, given at the Mid-America Buddhist Association workshop held in Augusta, Missouri on June 7-9, 2002.


  • Love and attachment
  • Family relationships
  • The importance of the extended family

DAF 01a: Introduction (download)

Impermanence as an antidote to attachment

  • Attachment as dependence
  • Dependence as sorrow and suffering
  • Impermanence for healthy relationships

DAF 01b: Impermanence (download)

Parents as role models

  • Balancing structure to help adolescents
  • Suffering as a normal part of the human experience
  • Role of parents

DAF 01c: Adolescents (download)

Questions and answers: part one

  • Changing patterns of behavior
  • Positive influence of our parents
  • The kindness of those who raised us

DAF 01d: Patterns of behavior (download)

Questions and answers: part two

  • Attachment and relationships
  • Expanding love for our friends and others
  • Cultivating the equanimity

DAF 01e: 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.

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