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Equalizing self and others

Equalizing self and others

Part of a series of teachings from the Taming the Mind Retreat at Buddhist Fellowship, Singapore, December 7-8, 2013.

  • Equalizing self and others
    • Each one of us wants happiness and not to suffer
    • All we have and use (knowledge, skills, food, home, etc.) is due to kindness of others
    • Kindness we received from others far exceeds harm
  • Disadvantages of self-centeredness, how we create negative actions
  • Benefits of cherishing others, acting with kindness, love
  • Having a strong desire to exchange self and others
  • Explanation of tonglen (taking-and-giving meditation)
  • Generating 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.