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Meditation practice: Observing the breath

Meditation practice: Observing the breath

Part of a series of talks given during the annual Young Adult Week program at Sravasti Abbey in 2011.

  • Discussion on “awareness”
    • Body and mind have different functions but are related
    • Mind is clarity and awareness
    • The activities of the mind in relating and dealing with others
  • Questions and answers
    • How to relate to others in an authentic way
      • See that everyone wants to be happy
      • Treat others with compassion
    • Avoiding blocking others out because we are trying to look into what’s going on in our mind
      • Looking in people’s hearts to get over the projections and expectations we put on others

Young Adult Week 2011: Meditation practice (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.