Preparing the Mind for Tonglen
Venerable Thubten Chodron ©
Emaho Center, Scottsdale, Arizona USA
14 September 2005
Part 1 [13 min] Download
Before we begin tonglen practice, it is important
to meditate on equanimity. At the present, because of our extreme
emotional reactions to people and the categories we have created
of friend, enemy, and stranger, we do not have much peace. We
need to develop equanimity, which is not a feeling of indifference
toward others, but rather a feeling of whole-hearted concern toward
Part 2 [35 min]
Also, before we do tonglen, we want to see
sentient beings' kindness. On that basis we can develop love.
Part 3 Q&A [3
What should we do about people who are in
public service who are not really serving the public?
Part 4 Q&A [4 min] Download
What is love? is it wishing others happiness?
And then, what IS happiness?
Part 5 Q&A [5
Dealing with the inner brat: how to be happy
when you can't get what you really want. Venerable talks about
an experience in her prison work.