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Reading: Thubten Chodron

Ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun in 1977, Venerable Thubten Chodron is an author, teacher, and the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey. Sravasti Abbey is the only Tibetan Buddhist training monastery for Westerners in the U.S., and holds gender equality, social engagement, and care for the environment amongst its core values. Ven. Chodron teaches worldwide and is known for her practical (and humorous!) explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life. She is also actively involved in prison outreach and interfaith dialogue. She has published many books on Buddhist philosophy and meditation, and has co-authored a book—Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions—with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she has studied for nearly forty years. Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering In our world of hype and exaggeration, where many people want to look good but not be good, to look responsible but not be responsible, Good Karma: How to Create the Causes of Happiness and Avoid the Causes of Suffering shows us an alternative, a way to live a truly meaningful life. In her contemporary commentary on a classical Tibetan Buddhist poem, “The Wheel of Sharp Weapons,” Ven. Thubten Chodron offers ways to identify and overcome our self-centered attitude that pretends to look out for our welfare, but is actually self-sabotaging and primes us to make unwise choices. By becoming aware of how our actions affect those around us as well as ourselves, we come to value having a genuinely kind approach, instead of a hypocritical one where we look good but manipulate others. Visit for more information.

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