The wholesome and the unwholesome

As we practice living our lives, we are beset with the constant need to wisely discern which actions to take, and which to refrain from. In the historical teachings of the Buddha, we find a number of examples of people asking for instruction on how to make the correct choice. Most of the time the Buddha’s response is the same: he suggests that we compare the probable results of our actions to see if they are beneficial (wholesome) and cause no harm, or not beneficial (unwholesome) and do cause harm. We can take this advice to heart and use it as a way to make our paths more clear, but it’s not always easy to understand how to apply it.

This Sunday, Mike B. guided our Sangha on the topic of the Wholesome and the Unwholesome, helping us to understand the ways in which this ancient rubric can be applied to our lives today. The topic was centered on a series of talks recently given by Gil Fronsdal, which are available here: