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Why things happen the way they do

Teachings on karma: Part 1 of 2

Teachings given at the Emaho Center in Scottsdale, Arizona from April 13-14, 2005.

Why we study karma

  • Dissatisfaction with life
  • Looking back at the time of death
  • Setting our motivations
  • How karma leaves traces on the mind-stream

Karma 01 (download)


  • How karma works
  • The four general characteristics of karma

Karma 02 (download)

Unpacking our actions of body, speech, and mind

Karma 03 (download)

Questions and answers

  • How forgiveness affects karma
  • Guilt and forgiving oneself
  • Dharma motivations
  • Young children and karma
  • Karma created by practitioners of other faiths

Karma 04 (download)

View Part 2 of this series: Realizing our potential

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.