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Good Karma: Serving others instead of exploiting them

Good Karma 13

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.

  • Question about offering the mandala
  • Commentary on verse 11
    • Ways we engage in deception
  • Commentary on verse 12
    • Examples of servitude and powerlessness
    • Being hostile to the weak and poor
    • Sincerely being of service to others
  • Commentary on verse 13
    • Examples of nonvirtues of speech
    • Developing awareness of how we speak
  • Question about engaging in self-deception
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.