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Introduction to Chenrezig practice

Introduction to Chenrezig practice

Part of a series of talks given during a two-day retreat on Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig at Menla Center in Phoenicia, New York, April 21-22, 2007.

  • What visualization means and why do it?
    • Is visualization and chanting of mantras just extra added stuff that encourages unnecessary conceptualization?
  • What would compassion look like in a physical form?
    • Compassion and total acceptance
  • How to have compassion for ourselves and others for all the mistakes made
  • How compassion counteracts the judgmental mind or the “opinion factory”

Menla 01: Introduction to Chenrezig and compassion (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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