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Meditating on compassion

A series of teachings given during the Chenrezig Retreat at Sravasti Abbey in 2011. Teachings on One Hundred and Eight Verses Praising Great Compassion were also given during this retreat.

  • Conclusion of seven-point cause-and-effect method to cultivate bodhicitta
  • Teachings from Kamalashila’s Middle Stages of Meditation on how to meditate on great compassion
  • Disadvantages of cyclic existence, dukkha
  • Compassion first for those whom we cherish, then those we are neutral toward, and finally those whom we consider our enemies
  • Meditating on compassion for those who harmed us or hurt us
  • Conventional bodhicitta and ultimate bodhicitta

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.