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Compassion + Technology

A talk hosted by the North Idaho College Diversity Council in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

  • Unexpected long-term effects of technology
    • Example of A-bomb scientists
    • Social media and its consequences
    • What gives our lives meaning is how we connect with others, being of benefit to others
  • Problems of classism
    • Growing gap between poor and middle-class/ ultra-rich
    • How we relate to society, lack of compassion, of empathy, of caring
    • Negative attitude towards poor people
    • Imposing religious views as public policy
    • Equal human potential, unequal opportunities
  • When we only think of ourselves, we end up creating problems for ourselves
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.