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Compassion, empathy, and attachment

A Fearless Heart with Venerable Sangye Khadro (2/5)

Part of a series of talks on compassion hosted online by Centre Kalachakra in 2023, relying on methods from the book A Fearless Heart by Geshe Jinpa. French and English audio and video available from Centre Kalachakra.

  • Guided meditation on the true nature of the mind: clear and spacious sky
  • Compassion defined
  • The difference between empathy and compassion
  • Guided meditation on generating compassion and loving-kindness
  • The difference between compassion and attachment
  • Mahayana Buddhism and compassion
  • The bodhisattva vow
  • Compassion practice at the beginning, middle, and end of the path to Buddhahood

Venerable Sangye Khadro

California-born, Venerable Sangye Khadro ordained as a Buddhist nun at Kopan Monastery in 1974, and is a longtime friend and colleague of Abbey founder Ven. Thubten Chodron. Ven. Sangye Khadro took the full (bhikshuni) ordination in 1988. While studying at Nalanda Monastery in France in the 1980s, she helped to start the Dorje Pamo Nunnery, along with Venerable Chodron. Venerable Sangye Khadro has studied Buddhism with many great masters including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, and Khensur Jampa Tegchok. She began teaching in 1979 and was a resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore for 11 years. She has been resident teacher at the FPMT centre in Denmark since 2016, and from 2008-2015, she followed the Masters Program at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute in Italy. Venerable Sangye Khadro has authored several books, including the best-selling How to Meditate, now in its 17th printing, which has been translated into eight languages. She has taught at Sravasti Abbey since 2017 and is now a full-time resident.

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