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Changing our wrong conceptions

Changing our wrong conceptions

A public talk given at Vajrayana institute in Sydney, Australia, based on the book Don’t Believe Everything You Think.

  • Our mind and the way we think is what makes us angry, not other people
  • We are convinced that the cause of our suffering and happiness is outside of us
  • An antidote to a mental affliction is always going to be the opposite of what our deluded mind wants to do
  • If you are going to be selfish, be wisely selfish and care for others because it alleviates your suffering
  • View those who harm you as kind—you cannot practice fortitude without someone harming you
  • Dharma practice means transforming your mind
  • It is the people who challenge us who make us look inside, see what our resources are, and let go of wrong conceptions
  • If we change the way we think, we change our experience

Don’t believe everything you think (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.