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Compassion and interdependence

Part of a series of teachings based on Living with an Open Heart: Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life sponsored by Tibet House Germany in Frankfurt, Germany, April 15 to April 17, 2016. The teachings are in English with German translation.

  • What is compassion and why do we need it?
  • Compassion opens our heart and gives meaning and purpose to our lives
  • In modern society we are more dependent on others than at any other time
  • We need the cooperation and contribution of everyone in society
  • If we take care of others, we will live in a happier society and be happier ourselves

Living With an Open Heart 01 Frankfurt (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.