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Redefining boundaries

Redefining boundaries

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.


  • Knowing our mind and capabilities
  • Understanding boundaries
  • Disadvantages of self-centeredness

DAF 03a: Introduction (download)

Guilt and obligation

  • Assessing the motivation to help
  • Developing compassion
  • Managing family requests

DAF 03b: Guilt and obligation (download)

Acknowledging, apologizing, healing

  • Acknowledging our own faults
  • Apologizing and accepting apologies
  • Healing relationships within families

DAF 03c: Healing relationships (download)

Questions and answers

  • Affirming our love to family members
  • Buddhism and our parents

DAF 03d: 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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