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The kindness of others

Planting the Seeds to Cultivate Compassion

Part of a series of teachings on the attitudes to develop in order to cultivate compassion given during a weekend retreat at Sravasti Abbey, May 25-28, 2007.

The kindness of others

  • The importance of seeing others as kind
  • How to develop the attitude that sees ourselves and others as equal
  • How we create our own experience

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Questions and answers

  • When we don’t give in to negative thoughts when we are harmed does that benefit the other person as well as ourself?
  • Would you explain the antidotes to the mental afflictions?
  • When someone does something to you and you are feeling angry, aren’t you making an excuse for them by saying they are suffering?
  • What is the right action to do when someone in the community is causing harm?
  • What do you do in a situation where conventional wisdom says you are being harmed and you need to be aggressive or assertive?
  • If there is part of you that is trying to get pity what do you do?

Planting the Seeds to Cultivate Compassion 03 Q&A (download)

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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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