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The internal judge and jury

The internal judge and jury

A series of talks based on Don’t Believe Everything You Think given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in March 2013. The book is a commentary on The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas.

If through the influence of disturbing emotions
You point out the faults of another Bodhisattva,
You yourself are diminished, so don’t mention the faults
Of those who have entered the Great Vehicle—
This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.

  • Just because someone’s behavior is disturbing to us doesn’t mean it’s a fault
  • There are no evil persons, there are harmful actions
  • Dealing with criticism and feedback with wisdom and constructively
  • Behind our emotional response is a story of our own making

SDD 32: The internal judge and jury (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.