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Purifying our wrong actions

Purifying our wrong actions

A series of talks given at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in March 2007.


  • Purifying negative actions through the four opponent powers
    • Regret our action from the past
    • Repair the relationship with the person
    • Determination not to do that for a specific period
    • Remedial action, offer help or service, meditation
  • Cultivate a practice to review our actions daily

Wise Choices 03 (download)

Questions and answers

  • The order of the four opponent powers
  • Restorative justice
  • Knowing when you are purified
  • Applying purification to war
  • Regretting inaction
  • Apologizing when we do harm
  • The 12-step program
  • The promise not to repeat the action

Wise Choices 03: Q&A (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.