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Motivation in practicing virtue

Part of a series of teachings by Geshe Jampa Tegchok on Nagarjuna's A Precious Garland of Advice to a King given at Sravasti Abbey in 2006.

  • When we practice virtue (in this life) we don’t do it to avoid suffering in this life, we do them to gain enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings
  • Practicing virtue for the sake of all sentient beings can result in the causes to burn off negative karma
  • Positive and negative actions create three magnitudes of Karma each—great, middling, and small

05 Precious Garland with Geshe Jampa Tegchok (download)

Khensur Jampa Tegchok

Born in 1930, Khensur Jampa Tegchok was a Geshe Lharampa and the former abbot of Sera-je Monastic University. He became a monk at the age of eight and studied all of the major Buddhist treatises at Sera-je before fleeing his homeland of Tibet in 1959. His book "Transforming the Heart: The Buddhist Way to Joy and Courage" is a commentary on "The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas" and describes the bodhisattva path. He is also the author of "Insight into Emptiness." He passed away in October, 2014.