Choices – The Ones that Matter and the Ones that Don’t

With Ayya Santussika recorded on July 28, 2019.

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How many choices will you make today? Which ones are likely to lead to happiness and which to suffering? Often we have many more options than we think we do. The Buddha’s teachings offer clear guidance on how to make choices that help us develop our habits, our character, and our karma in a way that leads to peace and happiness and ultimately to complete freedom from every kind of suffering.

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