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Why do things happen?

Why do things happen?

A talk given at Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California on October 21, 2016. The talk is based on the book Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering.

  • Our experience happens due to two factors—karma and how we interpret situations
  • Karma—how our actions result in our experiences
  • The importance of intention
  • The origin of the book—a serious illness and verse nine
  • If we don’t want unpleasant results, we should change our actions
  • How we create our own experience through our concepualization

Why do things happen? (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.