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Antidotes to the afflictions

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

  • Universal antidote for all the afflictions is to realize the ultimate nature of reality, which can be gained through understanding emptiness
  • Antidote to the specific affliction of anger
    • Fortitude
    • Loving kindness (Love=Maitri)
      • Contemplate the kindness of parents
  • Questions and answers
    • Discussion on how to cultivate motivation and transform our intentions
    • Issues from childhood that affect our outlook today. Do we need to go back to our parents and resolve those issues?
      • Do the internal work first, and then work it out with parents/family

Young Adult Week 2011: Antidotes to the afflictions (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.