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Self compassion webinar

hands holding a heart-shaped stoneLast month I was honored to be a guest of Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, who had asked me to talk about and to answer questions on self-compassion.

It was supposed to be a video, but unfortunately my camera decided to stop talking to my computer just as the webinar began. But Leo kindly send me the audio of the conversation, and I invite you to listen to it below.

I discuss the practice of self-compassion in terms of a very useful Buddhist teaching extracted from the 12 nidanas (links) that illustrate dependent origination, or paticca-samuppada. These are (in a slightly adapted form):

  1. Contact: the mind’s filtered and interpreted contact with the world
  2. Feeling: the mind’s labeling of perceptions as pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral
  3. Volition: our cognitive and emotional responses, indicating how we should act in response to those feelings
  4. Action: our actual responses, created by the acting out of our volitions

As far as I recall I mainly discussed the first three of these as points where we can act to create a more compassionate response to ourselves.

I hope it’s beneficial to you. I’d love to hear what you think, and what your experience is.

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Bodhipaksa is a Buddhist practitioner and teacher, a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, and a published author. He founded Wildmind in 2001. Bodhipaksa has published many guided meditation CDs and guided meditation MP3s.

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Comment from maria
Time: June 14, 2014, 4:45 pm

Hi there,

This was an informative and enjoable talk, the question and answer part was particularly valuable. The questions read out were all the ones I would have asked and then, strangely, the scenarios you used in your answers were also relevant to me. Such as dealing with time pressures and my 6 year old daughter, particularly when doing school run. Also I have back pain now and again… never thought of being grateful.

Planning to implement your ideas and see what happens- thanks for sharing them.


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