The nonvirtues of lying and divisive speech

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Having generated the motivation for a good rebirth, the text turns to creating the causes for that goal. Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa.

  • Buddhas, arhats, and karma
  • What comprises stealing
  • The four parts of a complete karma of lying
  • The four parts of a complete karma of divisive speech
  • Creating a schism in the sangha and division between teachers and students are the heaviest of divisive speech

Gomchen Lamrim 26: The nonvirtues of lying and divisive speech (download)

26 The Gomchen Lamrim 01-29-16

Contemplation points

  1. What kinds of things are included in the non-virtuous pathway of lying? How have you seen this non-virtue operate in your life? How has acting in this way been harmful to you? To others?
  2. Describe the branches for a complete action of lying. Think of different situations where one of the branches might not be complete. How does this affect the result of the karma created?
  3. Consider the cultural differences when it come to the acceptance of lying? Is it still lying? Were there forms of lying you were encouraged to do growing up and/or as an adult that you now see aren’t beneficial?
  4. What kinds of things are included in the non-virtuous pathway of divisive speech? How have you seen this non-virtue operate in your life? How has acting in this way been harmful to you? To others?
  5. Describe the branches for a complete action of divisive speech. Think of different situations where one of the branches might not be complete. How does this affect the result of the karma created?
  6. Which branch MUST be present in order for there to be karma created? Why?
  7. We’ve gone over 5 non-virtuous pathways so far. Think of times in your life when any or all of these have been big dilemmas for you.

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