Online Dharma Talk: Resistance to Change: Uncovering Unexamined Assumptions

Ven. Chang Ji

Online Dharma Talk: The Culture of Fear: Creating Abundance in a World of Scarcity

This forum begins with a short session of Heart Coherence meditation, led by Venerable Chang Ji herself, followed by her talk. 

What is this important topic about?

Fear can prevent you from living life to the fullest, but once you recognize your hidden fears, you can begin to overcome them. The thing that really scares you, deep down, is failure, or a suspicion that you’re unlovable. Society compounds our sense of fear through harmful unexamined assumptions, and even our own brains are working against us, pressing the panic button at the first signs of danger. We tense up and our body releases adrenaline. Our fight/freeze/flight instincts kick in.

To be happy and successful, you have to learn when to let go and move on. And you have to fail occasionally – it’s an inevitable part of life, and it can actually be good for you. Failure forces you to reassess a situation and move forward, sometimes in a new direction. So instead of fearing failure, you should embrace it, and rethink the unexamined assumptions that are making you unhappy.

This talk will lead you through an exercise to help you reveal these unexamined assumptions that are preventing you from change and progress.

We are looking forward to have a fun and practical Dharma talk session with you, as follows:

Timing below is in USA Eastern Time, ET, and is subject to change at teacher's discretion.

  • 10:00am ET: Heart Coherence Meditation (led by Venerable Chang Ji)
  • Followed by: Dharma Talk (length may vary)
  • Followed by: Sharing and Q&A (as time permits)
  • 12:00pm ET: Forum ends


Venerable Chang Ji

Venerable Chang Ji was ordained as a nun under Dharma Drum Mountain in 2004. In her role as the International Affairs Special Assistant to the late Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen, founder of Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association, she participated in many international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, World Bank, as well as meetings at the United Nations, etc. She is committed to teaching the tenets of contemplative action to young adults worldwide and has led many youth leadership workshops and meditation retreats to this effect. She has been a facilitator in programs for young leaders in conflict and post-conflict areas from Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan and Cambodia, and works to spread awareness of Spiritual Environmentalism as taught by her teacher, the late Most Venerable Master Sheng Yen to young people all over the world.

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