Happy New Year!
As a new year's offering, we are delighted to present another hard-to-find talk by the Gampo Acharya, Pema Chodron. In this lively talk from the 2008 Yarne retreat at Gampo Abbey, Ani Pema discusses karma, particularly in relation to the monastic Sojong ceremony. She talks about our tendency to get caught in our habitual patterns and act out of attachment, aversion, or confusion and sow karmic seeds.
Ani Pema notes that by the blessing and wisdom of the Buddha, the monastic tradition starts fresh every two weeks with the Sojong ceremony, which is held every new and full moon. Sojong is a monastic practice for purifying and restoring broken vows. As Ani Pema describes, the essence of the Sojong ceremony is to acknowledge our misdeeds with regret. Then we can let them go. It is as simple as that. This is the practice of virtue.
The talk is posted here as a streaming file. To listen, use the controls embedded below.