Karma and Rebirth | Thubten Chodron http://thubtenchodron.org The Thubten Chodron Teaching Archive Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:30:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The wheel of karmic cause and effect http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/05/creating-good-results/ Sun, 07 May 2017 20:00:44 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=79008

  • What we do matters
  • Verse 15: Fostering good relationships
  • Verse 18: Helping others find material resources
  • Verse 19: Encouraging others actions
  • Verse 22: Integrity and consideration for others

Good Karma 03 Moscow (download)

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The basic principles of karma http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/05/laws-of-cause-and-effect/ Thu, 04 May 2017 01:00:41 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=79002

  • The four general principles of karma
    • Karma is definite
    • Karma is expandable
    • If the cause is not created the result is not experienced
    • Karma is not lost
  • We have a choice in what we do
  • Verse 10: Transforming mental anguish into the path
  • Criticizing others and being criticized

Good Karma 02 Moscow (download)

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Bringing an awareness of karma into our lives http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/05/creating-good-causes/ Wed, 03 May 2017 01:00:17 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=78990

  • A tenth century text that is relevant to our lives today
  • Verse 9: Using tonglen to confront our habitual ways of thinking
  • The disadvantages of the self-centered thought and self-grasping

Good Karma 01 Moscow (download)

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Creating the causes for good results http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/04/producing-positive-outcomes/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:00:44 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=78755

  • Overcoming the fear of death
  • Recognizing our mistaken methods of pursuing happiness
  • If we want good results in our practice we need to put in effort

Good Karma 04 April 30, 2017 Tibethaus Frankfurt (download)

Identifying the real source of our difficulties http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/04/ignorance-and-self-centeredness/ Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:00:06 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=78752

  • Taking pizza to the street—overcoming anxiety to connect with others
  • Seeing their faults and dealing with our socially acceptable addictions
  • Yamantaka and the purpose of fierce dieties
  • Putting energy into reducing self-grasping and self-centeredness

Good Karma 03 April 30, 2017 Tibethaus Frankfurt (download)

Understanding and transforming difficulties http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/04/overcoming-problems/ Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:00:49 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=78749

  • Transforming powerlessness
  • Transforming criticism and unpleasant words
  • Transforming separation from friends and loved ones
  • Relationships with spiritual mentors

Good Karma 02 April 29, 2017 Tibethaus Frankfurt (download)

Transforming the mind through taking and giving http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/04/changing-thoughts/ Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:00:26 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=78743

  • Observing karma and its effects is actually a profound practice
  • Finding peace by overcoming craving
  • Using the taking and giving practice to transform the self-centered mind

Good Karma 01 April 29, 2017 Tibethaus Frankfurt (download)

“Good Karma”: Creating the causes for the kind of life we want http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/04/results-of-our-actions/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:20:29 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=78538

  • A system of causation described by the Buddha
  • Actions create results that return like a boomerang
  • The view of karma gives us power to create the life we want
  • Tonglen practice as a way to counteract destructive actions and increase compassion

Good Karma: Creating the causes for the kind of life we want (download)

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Good Karma: This precious human life http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/04/acting-ethically-exerting-effort/ Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:37:11 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80165

  • The four non-virtues of speech
  • The importance of catching afflictions as soon as they arise
  • The short and long-term effects of harsh speech
  • Recognizing self-centeredness and self-grasping as our real enemies
  • Exerting consistent effort to overcome habitual behaviors
  • Taking advantage of this precious human life by studying Dharma

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Note: In the video at around 36:35 the small-group discussion took place off-camera and lasted about 40 minutes, so there is about 40 minutes of silence during that portion of the video. The talk resumes at around 1:13:00.

Good Karma: Influencing and benefitting others http://thubtenchodron.org/2017/04/creating-causes-acting-ethically/ Sat, 15 Apr 2017 15:37:08 +0000 http://thubtenchodron.org/?p=80164

  • Important to remember that whatever we do influences all living beings
  • Working on ourselves increases our ability to benefit others
  • Ethical conduct is the foundation of our spiritual practice
  • How lack of ethical conduct leads to anxiety
  • Examples of various types of actions and their karmic results
  • Learning about karma empowers us to take responsibility for our experience
  • Purification helps us karmically and psychologically
  • Being kind and friendly even in small ways can have a big impact
  • The results of group karma on future living environments
  • Questions and answers

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