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Perfection of generosity: What makes generosity sincere

Perfection of generosity: What makes generosity sincere

A series of teachings given by Venerable Thubten Chodron during a weekend retreat at Sravasti Abbey from September 2 to 5, 2022. The teachings were based on the text Nagarjuna on the Six Perfections.

  • The importance of preparatory practices like chanting and setting our motivation
  • How the self-centered attitude feeds our afflictions
  • Self-confidence as the antidote to self-centeredness
  • An overview of six perfections and how they help us actualize our fullest potential
  • Hindrances to practicing generosity
  • Examples of different kinds of generosity and their results
  • Conditions for practicing generosity
  • Four kinds of relinquishing that support giving with a joyful mind
  • When our generosity is not met with appreciation—the story of Shariputra
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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