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Dealing with situations when things fall apart

A talk given at the The Garden of Samadhi Mind Centre in Bangalore, India

  • The self-centered attitude exacerbates our problems
  • Compassion as an antidote to low self-esteem
  • Three alternative reactions to situations when things fall apart
    • Self-pity and depression
    • Blame others for our problems and get angry
    • Change our perspective, how we view the situation
  • How problems and adversity enable us to practice the path and grow
  • Dealing with the loss of a child by helping others

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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.