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.