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Curing our self-centeredness

Curing our self-centeredness

A talk given at Tibet House US in New York City, New York on April 19, 2007.


  • Illustrations of how self-centeredness motivates most of our actions
  • how this self-preoccupation makes us miserable

Compassion: Personal and International 01 (download)

Low self-esteem and its antidote

  • The prevalence of low self-esteem in the West
  • Compassion as an antidote

Compassion: Personal and International 02 (download)

Cultivating compassion

  • Cultivating compassion for those we dislike and harm us
  • How compassion is different from pity and frees us from fear

Compassion: Personal and International 03 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Compassion for those doing harm to many
  • Dealing with those who make us unhappy
  • Prison work
  • Learning to forgive
  • Freeing ourselves from self-centered thoughts
  • True compassion

Compassion: Personal and International 04 (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.