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Becoming friends with ourselves

Becoming friends with ourselves

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.

  • Accepting ourselves when we make mistakes or have negative emotions
  • Self-loathing and low self-esteem are hindrances to Dharma practice
  • Changing how we respond to threats
  • Replacing self-criticism with compassion for ourselves
  • Guided meditation on self-acceptance

Living with an Open Heart 02 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.