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Good Karma: We are not inherently selfish

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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.

  • Commentary on Verse 7
    • Sentient beings and bodhisattvas
    • Monitoring the mind
    • The taking-and-giving meditation
    • Creating favorable or unfavorable causes
    • The four opponent powers: Regret vs. guilt
    • What are our expectations of others?
    • The self-centered thought is not a part of us
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.