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The power of compassion, part 1

The power of compassion, part 1

Part of a series of four talks given from November 18 to 19, 2023 at the Butterworth Lay Buddhist Society in Penang, Malaysia.

  • Transforming our mind to become more like Kwan Yin
  • Two ways to develop bodhicitta
  • Love and compassion is based on equanimity
  • Short meditation on equanimity
  • We judge people and categorize them based on how they relate to me
  • There is no objective reason for us to categorize someone as friend, enemy or stranger
  • The seven point cause and effect method of developing bodhicitta
  • First point: All sentient beings have been our mother
  • Second point: When they have been our mother they have been kind to us
  • Third point: The wish to repay their kindness

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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.