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Transforming knowledge into action

Transforming knowledge into action

A talk given at Sravasti Abbey hosted online by Vajrayana Institute in Sydney, Australia.

  • Question: How to be easily satisfied while knowing there’s room for improvement?
  • Practices in daily life to transform knowledge into action
    • Setting a fourfold motivation upon waking up
    • Pausing throughout the day to remember our motivation
    • Applying mindfulness and introspective awareness to monitor our behavior
    • Reviewing our day and whether we lived according to our motivation
  • Three types of laziness that hinder joyous effort
    • Laziness of procrastination
    • Laziness of business with worldly affairs
    • Laziness of discouragement
  • Four factors that help us to develop joyous effort
    • Aspiration
    • Self-confidence based on steadfastness
    • Joy
    • Learning to be balanced – resting instead of getting burned out

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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