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The Complexity of Karma Karma is a topic that concerns what happens to us and why. It is something that is very relevant to all of us on a personal level, not something outside of the sphere of our lives. If we can start to understand karma and how it works, we can begin to...
Re-examining Karma Immediately after 9/11
Becoming Our Mother Versus Becoming a Buddha
Introduction Today we’re going to discuss a very important topic: How do we develop bodhichitta for the first time? Is it free will, determinism, or something else? You see, if our motivation is to help all beings and in order to do that we need to become liberated and...
Analysis of “Why Aren’t We All Enlightened Yet?”
Mental Factors Associated with Karma
There are several different discussions of karma in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. I should also point out that all of them are quite different from the Theravada presentation of how karma works. Within Tibetan Buddhism, there are three basic explanations. We are going to discuss only...
Mechanism of Karma: Asanga’s Presentation
Kalachakra: The Four Creative Drops & Mental Holograms
The Four Creative-Energy Drops and the Mental Holograms to Which They Give Rise [For further elaboration, see: Kalachakra: The Four Creative Drops] Introduction As a Buddhist practice, Kalachakra fits within the context of the four noble truths and its practice is a method...
Kalachakra: What Are Mental Holograms Made Of?
Wheel of Sharp Weapons – Literal Translation
I make prostration to the Three Rare Supreme Gems. “The Throwing Star Weapon Striking the Vital Point of the Foe.” I make prostration to forceful Yamantaka. (1) In the case of peacocks strutting in jungles of poisonous plants, although medicine gardens have been finely...
Wheel of Sharp Weapons
Asanga’s Chittamatra Presentation of Karma
This evening, we shall be beginning a seminar on what does karma actually mean in terms of Vasubandhu and Nagarjuna’s presentations. This is an extremely important topic, since karma is one of the things that we need to overcome. We need to rid ourselves completely of it so...
Mechanism of Karma: Vasubandhu and Nagarjuna’s Presentations
Kalachakra: The Four Noble Truths
Introduction I’ve been asked to teach about Kalachakra this weekend. There are of course many, many aspects of Kalachakra that we could discuss, but I think that what is most important is to maintain the proper Buddhist context for our Kalachakra study and practice, which is...
Kalachakra: The Four Creative Drops
General Questions about Karma
This weekend we’re going to be speaking about karma, and although the topic is announced as “karma: free will versus predetermination,” that will be just a part of what we’ll talk about. I’d like to go into some detail about what karma is, and what the various mental factors...
Karma: Neither Free Will nor Determinism
True Sufferings and the True Cause of Unhappiness
Samsara This evening, we’re going to begin a series of talks on how the understanding of voidness (emptiness) helps us to overcome our uncontrollably recurring rebirths, samsara. Samsara is not some place that we want to escape from and go instead to some transcendent realm...
Elaboration of “How Cognition of Emptiness Liberates Us”
Kalachakra: The Awake-Occasion Creative Drop
The Importance of Analysis We were discussing what Kalachakra adds to our understanding of the four noble truths. And we saw that one of the most distinctive features that it adds is the discussion of the flowing or coursing of the winds of karma in our bodies, our subtle...
Kalachakra: The Four Creative Drops