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Good Karma: The causes of happiness and suffering

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Part of a series of talks given during the annual Memorial Day weekend retreat based on the book Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering, a commentary on “The Wheel of Sharp Weapons” by Indian sage Dharmarakshita.

  • Introduction to the book
  • The real causes of happiness and suffering
  • An illness and how it relates to verse nine
  • Karma is like a boomerang
  • The world we swim in: the Buddhist world view
    • Differences between the mind and the brain
    • What cyclic existence is
    • Effects of karma

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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.

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