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Developing three kinds of compassion

A talk given at the The 16th International Sakyadhita Conference for Women in Buddhism held near Sydney, Australia. The talk is based on the opening verses of Chandrakirti’s Supplement to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara).

  • Chandrakirti’s homage to great compassion
  • The compassion that cares for sentient beings
  • The simile of a bucket in a well
  • The compassion that observes phenomena
  • The compassion that observes the unapprehendable
  • How compassion is the source of all the goodness in the world

Developing three kinds of compassion (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.

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