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Leading an open-hearted life

Leading an open-hearted life

A public talk given at Kurukulla Center in Boston, MA.

  • Compassion doesn’t equate to pleasing others
  • Compassion doesn’t mean feeling pity about others
  • How to have compassion with somebody that we don’t agree with
  • Self-criticism is just another way of self-centered
  • Acceptance of our own weakness opens the door of compassion to others
  • Forgiveness

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.

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