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Three types of emotion and their influence

The threat system, drive system, and safeness system

Part of a series of teachings based on Living with an Open Heart: Cultivating Compassion in Everyday Life given at Phendeling-Center for Tibetansk Buddhisme in Copenhagen, Denmark, April 30 to May 1, 2016.

  • Explanation of the daily recitations
    • Refuge and bodhicitta prayer
    • The four immeasurables
  • The difference between the mind and brain—the scientific view and the Buddhist view
  • Three types of systems of emotion
    • The threat system
    • The drive system
    • The safeness system

Living with an open heart 01 Copenhagen (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.