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The power of compassion in a chaotic world


A talk given at Dharma Drum Nung Chan Monastery 法鼓山農禪寺 in Tapei, Taiwan (ROC). In English with Chinese translation.

  • Intention is the most important part of any action
  • Equanimity towards everbody means leaving no one out
  • Cultivating compassion for ourselves and others
  • Compassion is helping someone simply because they exist
  • Questions
    • How do I tell the difference between attachment to a goal and not caring?
    • Should we give up worldly goals?
    • How can we have compassion for our self when we harm others?
    • How can we bring humor into our practice?

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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.