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Disintegratedness of actions and rebirth

Disintegratedness of actions and rebirth

A talk given at Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle, Washington.


  • How different Buddhist schools posit what transmigrates from life to life
  • Using reasoning and analysis to investigate the Prasangika view of the self
  • The disintegratedness of actions as a means to explain how karmic imprints are carried from one life to the next
  • Using the reasoning of disintegratedness or zhigpa to explain how emptiness and conventional existence are complimentary

Disintegratedness 01 (download)

Questions and answers

  • How things being merely labeled also allows for things coming into existence or “approaching production”
  • Investigating the law of causality
  • Individual vs. collective karma
  • More on how emptiness and conventional existence are complimentary
  • The possibility for karma to increase
  • The importance of meditation in deepening our understanding of these concepts

Disintegratedness 02 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.