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Overcoming the obstacles to developing compassion

Overcoming the obstacles to developing compassion

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.

  • The Dharma is designed to challenge our habitual ways of thinking
  • Four qualities of self-centeredness that impede generating compassion
    • The need to always be right
    • The need to win arguments
    • The need to always be comfortable
    • The need for approval and praise
  • The role of self-acceptance in developing compassion
  • Changing our perspective and how we interpret situations

Living With an Open Heart 02 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.