How Karma Works

Resources for the How Karma Works course, June 29–August 10, 2021.  More information on the course, and how to join live!

Karma: all of our actions and thoughts have inevitable results, both positive and negative, for better or for worse. Navigating our lives—and future rebirths—depends on understanding causality: how karma works. Understanding karma is crucial to reaching our goals, both material and spiritual.



  • How Karma Works part 1
    • Looking at the Buddhist texts we’ll use as our source
    • Logical proofs for how the universe works
    • Mental vs physical karma
  • How Karma Works part 2
    • Examine “old” karma and “new” karma
    • Explore virtuous, non-virtuous, and neutral karma
    • Go through the ten main ways to create non-virtuous karma, and their positive counterparts
  • How Karma Works part 3
    • When karma created in the present can ripen in the future
    • The four different types of ripened results
    • Karmic correlations—the types of ripened results that come from specific actions
  • How Karma Works part 4
    • How karma is stored in the mind
    • How karmic causes are created, and how karmic results emerge
    • Comparing Mind-Only and Middle-Way schools description of karma


  • Mind-Only/Yogācāra School model of 8 aspects of consciousness: