Three nonvirtues of mind

55 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

Part of an ongoing series of teachings (retreat and Friday) based on the book The Foundation of Buddhist Practice, second volume in “The Library of Wisdom and Compassion” series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Karma and how to apply reasoning
  • Four-point analysis and cause and effect
  • Different examples of idle talk
  • Covetousness, wanting something someone has
  • Malice, planning to harm someone
  • Wrong views, perceiving something that exists to be non-existent
  • Five factors necessary for a the mental destructive actions to be complete

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice 55: Three Non-virtues of Mind (download)

Contemplation points

  1. What is your motivation when you go shopping? Can you identify covetousness in your mind? How can you overcome this?
  2. Bring to mind a situation where malice overwhelmed your mind. What was your motivation for this attitude? Meditate on situations where malice was present in your mind and replace the negative attitude with a positive one. Play it all out in your mind to plant positive seeds.
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.