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“An Open-Hearted Life”: Foreword by the Dalai Lama

A series of talks based on An Open-Hearted Life given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in April 2017. Co-written with clinical psychologist Dr. Russell Kolts, the book offers practical Buddhist and Western psychological approaches to developing compassion.

  • Kindness is the core of all religious faiths
  • The interdependence of the world necessitates compassion
  • An internal fight between two wolves
  • The format and topics of the book
  • How to see the kindness of others
  • The personal impact of seeing the kindness of others
  • Compassion and kindness are not the same as weakness

An 0pen-Hearted Life 01: Forward by the Dalai Lama (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.