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Chenrezig retreat discussion: Part 2

Chenrezig retreat discussion: Part 2

Part of a series of talks given during a two-day retreat on Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig at Menla Center in Phoenicia, New York, April 21-22, 2007.

  • When thinking about these situations of horror and grief, is it valid to say that they can shock people so much that they generate a lot of virtue and positive and constructive attitudes and actions? So can we say that maybe these victims in some way created something positive by giving up their lives?
    • I’m thinking of the parents of the victims and the suffering they experience of having their children killed. Is this also the result of karma?
  • Is there any way to repent past karma?
  • What’s the meaning of karma being expandable? How does it work?
  • I can see why doing charity work would be a remedial action. But I have difficulty understanding how prostrations could also be a remedial action.
  • What is a ngondro?

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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.