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Dealing with distractions

Dealing with distractions

A talk given at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington on September 9, 2004.


  • Cultivating contentment
  • Noticing the dissatisfied mind
  • Developing a clear state

Discontentment (download)

Physical pain: part one

  • Getting exercise
  • Physical versus mental pain
  • Self-centered mind

Dealing with physical pain 01 (download)

Physical pain: part two

Dealing with physical pain 02 (download)

Restless energy

  • Overcoming restlessness
  • Observing our energy
  • Identifying emotional states

Restless energy (download)

Distractions: part one

  • The mind’s stories
  • Counteracting the distracted mind

Distractions 01 (download)

Distractions: part two

  • Mediation and thought patterns
  • Attachment and the antidotes
  • Questioning unrealistic views

Distractions 02 (download)


  • Seeing yourself
  • Antidotes to drowsiness

Drowsiness (download)


  • Awareness of the mind
  • Responding to feelings

Tickling sensations (download)


  • Examining its causes
  • Working with pain

Squirming (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.