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Transforming the mind with compassion

Transforming the mind with compassion

A talk given at Central Michigan University.

  • Asking the question, “What is my motivation?” to stop acting on automatic
  • Making our lives meaningful
  • Defining generosity
  • What we do as one person is important, and depends on our motivation
  • The unhappiness of focusing on I, me, my, and mine
  • We are the only ones who can change our own minds, we have to do the work
  • Cultivating a different attitude in ourselves changes how we feel and how we relate to other people
  • How we experience the world depends on how we interpret the things around us

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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.