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Boundless wisdom and compassion

Part of a series of talks based on the book Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness given at the Phendeling Center for Tibetan Buddhsim in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • Introduction to the book and Chapter 3 of Precious Garland
  • Cultivating compassion is important for everyone, not just spiritual practitioners
  • Seeing the disadvantages of the self-centered thought and not following it
  • Compassion is caring without the stickiness of attachment
  • The two kinds of wisdom
  • The wisdom of how karma and it’s effects function
  • The wisdom of how things actually exist
  • Questions
    • Is it okay to have sadness along with compassion?
    • How do you find compassion for someone who has abused you?
    • How do you live ethically in a system that is unethical?
    • How do you make decisions in an ethical way?

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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.

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