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Compassionate communication

Chapters 41 and 42

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.

  • Communication is the foremost area in need of compassion
  • Becoming aware of the thoughts that motivate our speech
  • Reflection: Bringing compassion to our communication
  • Factors that influence how we experience a situation
  • The nonviolent communication approach
  • Reflection: Describing situations
  • Questions and answers

An Open-Hearted Life 41: Compassionate communication (download)

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

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.