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Advice on living with an open heart

How to cultivate compassion in everyday life

This talk was given at Land of Medicine Buddha in California, USA, on October 16, 2014.

  • Judgmental opinions impede opening the heart
  • Our self-centered outlook alienates us
  • Helping others helps ourselves
  • Distinguishing paranoia from real danger
  • Letting go of anger is not dependent on receiving an apology

Living with an open heart (download)

Flyer for the 'Living with an Open Heart' talk at Land of Medicine Buddha.

Flyer from “Living with an Open Heart” teachings at Land of Medicine Buddha.

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.

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