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How to see yourself as you really are

A talk given at the Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore.

  • Loosening our ideas about who we are
  • We are full of identities
  • Are we really any of our identities?
  • We constrict ourselves with our identities
  • Let’s loosen our identities and loosen our identity projections on others
  • Questions and answers
    • What do you recommend to practice to loosen our identities?
    • How can I respond to anger from others in a balanced way?
    • Recognizing our faults but seeing they are not our identity
    • How can we be patient with the faults of others?
    • Identity and aging
    • Should you live up to virtuous identities like being a Buddhist?
    • Dealing with resentment when others see us as inferior
    • How do you let go of identities that are reinforced by society?

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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.

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