Living with an Open Heart by Ven. Thubten Chodron

Thursday, Oct 16, 7pm

A talk by the author of Living with an Open Heart: How to Cultivate Compassion in Everyday Life. Here is an exercise excerpted from this book:

Reflection: Compassionate Intention
As you go through the day, try to be creative in bringing a compassionate intention to the situations you face. For example, when washing dishes, consider that you are doing it so that other may eat without contracting disease. When interacting with others, do so with the intention to make their day a bit brighter. Pick a few situations you regularly encounter during the day, and experiment with how you could bring a compassionate intention to the situation and see how it affects your experience of the situation.

Open-Heart_book-cover_sm_webThere are so many wonderful ideas and techniques both in Buddhist teachings and in western psychological approaches designed to help us develop compassion in our lives and in our work with others.

In this public talk, Ven. Chodron will draw on her own personal experience to guide us through some of these, each one intended to provide fuel for thought and contemplation as we go about our days, inspiring our motivation to be compassionate, helping us to understand compassion and giving us specific methods for applying it in our lives.

About the Speaker:

Venerable Thubten Chodron has been a Buddhist nun since 1977 and has studied and practiced Buddhism under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tsenzhap Serkong Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other Tibetan masters. She is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey,  a Buddhist monastic community in Washington State, USA.

Ven. Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them. She is well-known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. Active in interfaith dialogue, she also does Dharma outreach in prisons and teaches worldwide. Ven. Chodron has authored and edited many popular books on Buddhism.

This talk is open to all.

Date(s): Thursday, Oct 16, 7pm
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Instructor/Leader: Ven. Thubten Chodron
Type of event: open talk
Number of sessions: 1
Level: general
Participation: open to all
Location: Main Gompa
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