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Motivated to not harm

Part of a series of teachings given at a weekend retreat on environmental activism at Sravasti Abbey, August 31 to September 3, 2007.

Generating the proper motivation

  • Not harming

Activism with altruism 02 (download)

Questions and answers

  • When we locate the cause do we find the solution?
  • Because you are not personally involved with someone’s misfortune is it ok to rejoice in his misery?
  • Is this a form of attachment: we work very hard and things to do not turn out the way we want them to?
  • Can things change based on our expectations?

Activism with altruism 02: 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.