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Discussion on relationships

Discussion on relationships

Part of a series of talks given during the annual Young Adult Week program at Sravasti Abbey in 2011.

  • The value of our actions depends on our motivation of that action
    • Giving and motivation for giving
    • Giving versus generosity
    • Looking at our own motivation
    • Spontaneity of kindness to help others
    • Introspective awareness—check our own motivations
    • Virtuous actions: constructive versus destructive
      • Constructive actions are positive actions that benefit others
      • Destructive actions influenced by three poisonsanger, attachment and ignorance
  • Questions and answers
    • Motivation influenced by thoughts that it will benefit others in the long run
    • Compassion overriding the precepts
    • Love versus compassion

Young Adult Week 2011: Discussion on relationships (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.