Skillful Action, its foundations and expression

Lorilee guided our reflections this past Sunday, investigating the source of Skillful and Unskillful Actions.  Shantideva said “We are like senseless children who shrink from suffering, but love its causes.”  

  Through unskillful action, we often create suffering in our attempts to be happy.  From eating too much ice cream, to incessant activity, to avoiding difficult interactions, examples of unskillful action abound, along with the suffering that flows from them.

   Excerpts from a talk titled “Taking Refuge in Skillful Action” by Mark Nunberg (a Minneapolis Dharma teacher and a regular teacher at IMS), were used to help focus our thoughts, as we investigated what skillful action would look like for each of us in our individual lives.  

The talk is available here: