karma

Teachings related to the law of karma and its effects, or how intentional actions of body, speech, and mind affect our circumstances and experiences. The law of karma and its effects explains how present experience is the product of past actions and how present actions affect future experience. Posts include teachings on the types and characteristics of karma and how to use an understanding of karma in daily life.

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Painting of the Buddha's first discourse.
LR09 The Four Truths for the Aryas

Inappropriate attention

How we pay attention to something affects how we experience it. Considering the many factors…

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Painting of the Buddha's first discourse.
LR09 The Four Truths for the Aryas

Causes of the afflictions

How wrong friends, the media, and the force of habit can stir up our afflictions…

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Painting of the Buddha's first discourse.
LR09 The Four Truths for the Aryas

The order in which afflictions develop

Examining how the afflictions arise in our day-to-day lives so that we can loosen our…

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LR09 The Four Truths for the Aryas

Pride and ignorance

The seven types of pride and their antidotes, and the three types of ignorance.

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Painting of the Buddha's first discourse.
LR09 The Four Truths for the Aryas

Unsatisfactoriness of god realms

Understanding why the god realms are unsatisfactory helps us understand that rebirth in any realm…

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Painting of the Buddha's first discourse.
LR09 The Four Truths for the Aryas

The dukkha of cyclic existence

Looking at and meditating on the disadvantages of cyclic existence in many different ways helps…

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Painting of the Buddha's first discourse.
LR09 The Four Truths for the Aryas

Our unsatisfactory experiences

Taking an honest look at the situation we're in in samsara: facing birth, sickness, aging…

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Painting of the Buddha's first discourse.
LR09 The Four Truths for the Aryas

The first noble truth: Dukkha

Considering the four noble truths in terms of the three levels of practitioner, and looking…

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Four small Buddha statues.
LR08 Karma

The four opponent powers

Purification is the essential practice to establish a base for a good life. There are…

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A nun smiling with palms together.
LR08 Karma

Practice virtue, avoid non-virtue

Developing a long-term perspective helps us gain clarity about the results of our actions.

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