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Cultivating love and compassion

Part of an ongoing series of teachings based on Approaching the Buddhist Path, the first book in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Stages of progression towards the right view
  • Counteracting our destructive habitual thoughts
  • Imagination can be used to counteract afflictions
  • How to develop our emotional immune system
  • Equanimity sets the stage for authentic love and compassion

13 Approaching the Buddhist Path: Cultivating Love and Compassion (download)

Contemplation points

  1. If someone has wrong views that tend towards nihilism or absolutism, which stage does this person have to go through if they want to move out of it?
  2. What is the difference between ordinary and unconditional love and compassion?
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.