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The importance of ethical conduct

The importance of ethical conduct

Part of a series of talks based on the book Practical Ethics and Profound Emptiness given at the Garrison Institute, New York. The weekend retreat was sponsored by the Shantideva Meditation Center.

  • Why higher rebirth is important to attain highest good
  • Ethical conduct, confidence in the law of cause and effect, and wisdom realizing emptiness as causes of higher rebirth and full awakening
  • How non-virtuous actions done in pursuit of happiness become causes for future suffering
  • “Taking responsibility for our actions means we can change”
  • Specific actions creating virtue and non-virtue

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.