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Moving toward compassion

Moving toward compassion

Co-author of Living with an Open Heart talks on cultivating compassion as part of the 2014 Young Adults Explore Buddhism program at Sravasti Abbey.

  • How to be compassionate
  • Misconceptions surrounding compassion that we have to be nice, soft, vulnerable and soft all the time
  • Willingness to come into contact with our suffering
  • We use anger not to feel other vulnerable feelings
  • Anger fuels the sense of discontent and creates mental habits
  • Breathing meditation as a training to notice threat emotions and cultivate safeness emotions

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.