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The faults of self-centeredness

Eight verses of thought transformation: Verse 1

Part of a series of teachings given at the Living with Wisdom and Compassion Retreat at Amitayus Centre in Bogor, Indonesia.

  • Understanding the faults of the self-centered mind
  • The importance of bodhicitta in fulfilling our aspiration for buddhahood
  • Cultivating gratitude towards strangers so as to open our hearts
  • Cultivating gratitude towards our family and friends

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.