An Open-Hearted Life: Reaching out with compassion

Chapter 38

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Part of a series of talks based on An Open-Hearted Life given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day starting in April 2017. Co-written with clinical psychologist Dr. Russell Kolts, the book offers practical Buddhist and Western psychological approaches to developing compassion.

  • When we try to connect with others in counterproductive ways
  • The benefit of connecting with others
  • Reaching out to help others when we are suffering
  • Caring about others frees us from the pain of self-centeredness
  • Reflection: A compassionate homework assignment
  • Questions and answers
    • Emotional habits that are counterproductive
    • Caring for others versus people pleasing
    • Helping others with similar experiences

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A guided meditation led prior to the talk can be found here.

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