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Cultivating love and kindness

Cultivating love and kindness

A talk based on the book An Open-Hearted Life given in Long Beach, California.

  • Four immeasurables: love, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity
  • Obstacles of the mind: partiality, prejudice, anger, jealousy
  • Using intellectual reasoning to choose suitable emotions
  • Transforming our mind to generate a feeling of loving kindness
  • The challenges of love as our basic way of relating to people
  • The threat, drive, and safety systems in psychology
  • Differing motivations for a healthy mind in psychology and Buddhism

An open-hearted life (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.