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Discontent and contentment

Discontent and contentment

A talk given at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin on July 9, 2004.

  • The Buddhist view of emotional health
  • Acknowledging imperfections
  • How advertising fuels discontentment
  • How to retrain the mind to find contentment

Emotional Health 01: Discontent and contentment (download)

Questions and answers

  • The sources of our conditioned discontent
  • Reconditioning in daily life
  • How culture affects self-esteem
  • Our responsibility for “big issues”

Emotional Health 01: Discontent and contentment Q&A (download)

Part 2: Friendliness
Part 3: The creator of happiness and suffering

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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