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Influencing and benefitting others

How to create the causes of happiness and avoid suffering

Part of a series of talks given at Kurukulla Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Important to remember that whatever we do influences all living beings
  • Working on ourselves increases our ability to benefit others
  • Ethical conduct is the foundation of our spiritual practice
  • How lack of ethical conduct leads to anxiety
  • Examples of various types of actions and their karmic results
  • Learning about karma empowers us to take responsibility for our experience
  • Purification helps us karmically and psychologically
  • Being kind and friendly even in small ways can have a big impact
  • The results of group karma on future living environments
  • Questions and answers

Part 1 of this series:

Part 3 of this series:
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.