How Karma Works

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.

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Audio:

  • 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
  • How Karma Works part 5
    • Virtuous, non-virtuous, and neutral karma.
    • Four aspects of creating new karma.
    • How to create powerful karmas—for better or worse.
    • Mitigating the effects of non-virtuous karma.
  • How Karma Works part 6
    • Strategic karmic management.
    • The karma of Buddhahood.
    • The two bodies of a Buddha.
    • How to maximize virtuous karma.

Resources:

  • 12 Links of Interdependent Origination:

 

How Karma Works part 6

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.

In class 6 we discuss:

  • Strategic karmic management.
  • The karma of Buddhahood.
  • The two bodies of a Buddha.
  • How to maximize virtuous karma.

Video and class materials.

How Karma Works part 5

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.

In class 5 we discuss:

  • Virtuous, non-virtuous, and neutral karma.
  • Four aspects of creating new karma.
  • How to create powerful karmas—for better or worse.
  • Mitigating the effects of non-virtuous karma.

Video and class materials.

How Karma Works part 4

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.

In class 4 we discuss:

  • 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.

 

Video and class materials.

How Karma Works part 3

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.

In class 3 we discuss:

  • 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

Video and class materials.

How Karma Works part 2

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.

In class 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.

Video and class materials.

How Karma Works part 1

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.

In class 1:

  • Looking at the Buddhist texts we’ll use as our source
  • Logical proofs for how the universe works
  • Mental vs physical karma

Video and class materials.

Decoding the Heart Sutra — part 6

The Heart Sutra is the most recited, copied, and studied text in all schools of Mahayana Buddhism. It reviews the foundations of Buddhist philosophy while revealing the profound Perfection of Wisdom: the doctrine of emptiness. In this class series, we will study the Sutra in Sanskrit, discuss the key philosophical points of Buddhism, and reveal the deep teachings on emptiness. In the final class of the series, we examine the qualities of awakened beings described by the Heart Sutra, and the crucial instructions on how to practice of the Perfection of Wisdom.

Show notes include the Sutra in Sanskrit and English, along with video of the class and other visual aids.

Decoding the Heart Sutra — part 5

The Heart Sutra is the most recited, copied, and studied text in all schools of Mahayana Buddhism. It reviews the foundations of Buddhist philosophy while revealing the profound Perfection of Wisdom: the doctrine of emptiness. In this class series, we will study the Sutra in Sanskrit, discuss the key philosophical points of Buddhism, and reveal the deep teachings on emptiness. In this class, we review the foundation of all Buddhist teachings: the Four Noble Truths, as well as the four stages of awakening to nirvana according to the path of the arhat.

Show notes include the Sutra in Sanskrit and English, along with video of the class and other visual aids.

Decoding the Heart Sutra — part 4

The Heart Sutra is the most recited, copied, and studied text in all schools of Mahayana Buddhism. It reviews the foundations of Buddhist philosophy while revealing the profound Perfection of Wisdom: the doctrine of emptiness. In this class series, we will study the Sutra in Sanskrit, discuss the key philosophical points of Buddhism, and reveal the deep teachings on emptiness. In this class, we examine the process of perception, and the 12 links of interdependent origination.

Show notes include the Sutra in Sanskrit and English, along with video of the class and other visual aids.