The ten paths of nonvirtue today

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The text turns to training the mind on the stages of the path of advanced level practitioners. Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa. Visit Gomchen Lamrim Study Guide for a full list of contemplation points for the series.

  • New ways of creating nonvirtue due to technology
  • Ethical conduct as a way of developing trust
  • Current issues relating to violence and killing
  • Stealing identities and online materials
  • Sexual ethics according to modern-day culture

Gomchen Lamrim 103: The Ten Paths of Non-virtue, Now (download)

103 The Gomchen Lamrim: The Ten Paths of Nonvirtue, Now 08-25-17

Contemplation points

  1. Some modern forms of killing can include assisted suicide/euthanasia, terrorism, capital punishment, and violent video games. Spend some time thinking about each of these, if and why it is considered killing according the lamrim, whether it is a complete karma, etc. Are there others not mentioned in the teaching that apply?
  2. Some modern forms of stealing can include not paying taxes, hacking people’s accounts, identity theft, etc. Spend some time thinking about each of these, if and why it is considered stealing according to the lamrim, whether it is a complete karma, etc. Are there others not mentioned in the teaching that apply?
  3. Some modern forms of unwise and unkind sexual behavior can include prostitution, genital mutilation, pornography, date rape, and sexual harassment in the workplace. Spend some time thinking about each of these, if and why it is considered unwise and unkind sexual behavior according to the lamrim, whether it is a complete karma, etc. Are there others not mentioned in the teaching that apply?
  4. More aware of how non-virtue is practiced in our modern society, resolve to abandon negativity in your own life.

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