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Changing our minds and emotional habits

Changing our minds and emotional habits

The second of two talks given during a one-day retreat on Overcoming Obstacles on the Path to Enlightenment, sponsored by Shantideva Meditation Center in New York City.

  • How ignorance projects a mode of being onto phenomena that does not exist
  • Ignorance makes things falsely appear solid, permanent and separate
  • The mind’s nature is clarity and awareness
  • Appearance and emptiness exist simultaneously but are not the same
  • Mind training practices help to transform our minds
  • Virtuous actions lead to happiness, non-virtuous actions lead to suffering
  • Advice for working with anger
  • The afflictions in terms of karma

Overcoming obstacles (afternoon session) (download)

The morning talk can be found here.

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.