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Open heart, clear mind

Open heart, clear mind

A talk given during the Metta Convention, organized by Metta Centre in Sydney, Australia in 2023.

  • Meaning of clear mind
    • How we interpret things now influences how we experience them
    • Our actions (karma) influence what we will experience in the future
  • Meaning of open heart
    • To live a life without so much fear and anxiety
    • Misconception that worrying about others means you love them
    • Finding something good in everyone you meet
  • The four immeasurables as a guide to living a happy life: metta (love), karuna (compassion), mudita (joy), and upekkha (equanimity)
  • Questions and answers
    • Practices to cultivate mudita (joy)
    • How to cope with anxiety and fear around climate change

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.