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Living an open-hearted life

Living an open-hearted life

A daylong seminar on compassion based on the book An Open-Hearted Life, with Venerable Thubten Chodron and Dr. Russell Kolts. The seminar took place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane.

  • Compassion from the viewpoints of Buddhism and psychology
  • What compassion is and is not
  • How to cultivate compassion and why
  • Words from Dr. John Hancock
  • Abbreviated version of “compassionate self” exercise
  • Questions and answers

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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