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Taking responsibility for our experiences

How to create the causes of happiness and avoid suffering

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

  • When we understand karma we accept responsibility for what we experience
  • Our everyday actions are transformed when we understand karma
  • Misunderstanding karma can lead to short-term thinking and self-sabotage
  • Purifying harmful actions done to others
  • The advantages of not taking everything so personally
  • The immediate effects of divisive speech and long-term karmic results
  • Using tonglen to purify divisive speech
  • Questions and answers

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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.