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Complaining: a favorite pastime

Part of a series of talks based on Taming the Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from March 2009 to December 2011.

  • How complaining causes disharmony with others
  • How complaining serves no positive purpose
  • The difference between complaining and constructive discussion
  • The tendency to view others as complainers and not recognize it in ourselves

Taming the Mind 16: Complaining: a favorite pastime (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.