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Compassion for oneself, compassion for others

Compassion for oneself, compassion for others

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

  • Hard to have compassion for others if we are self-critical and self-hateful
  • Story about H.H. Dalai Lama shocked that so many people experience low self-esteem
  • Self-compassion is included in Buddhist teachings, but it’s called renunciation
  • Renunciation is the determination to be free from cyclic existence
  • Compassion arises when you recognize suffering and feel the need to do something to relieve it
  • Self-love vs self-indulgence
  • Methods to develop self-compassion
  • Elements of self-compassion

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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