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The poisons of anger, attachment and ignorance

A series of talks based on Don't Believe Everything You Think given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in March 2013. The book is a commentary on The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.

Attached to your loved ones you’re stirred up like water.
Hating your enemies you burn like fire.
In the darkness of confusion you forget what to adopt and discard.
Give up your homeland—
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.

  • How the three poisons—attachment, anger and confusion—affect our mind and cause us problems by pushing us to act without thinking clearly
  • “Give up your homeland” means to give up situations where attachment, anger and confusion arise and make it difficult to oppose them
  • Looking at the impermanence of things can act as an antidote to attachment and anger

SDD 02: The poisons of attachment, anger and ignorance (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.