Tag Archives: karma

Living by Karma; Living by Vow

“I didn’t want to think it.” “I didn’t mean to say it.” “I didn’t intend to do it.” How many times have we said these or similar words to ourselves or others? When we entertain unwelcome thoughts, utter words that … Continue reading

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Injustice and Solidarity

The Dharma teaches us that all situations, both positive and negative, arise as a consequence of karma, whether individual or collective. From this perspective, there is no injustice.   This does not mean that we justify violence and the oppression of … Continue reading

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The Philosopher and the Boatman

The Three Wheels of the Dharma are the three periods of the Buddha’s teaching, in which He emphasized various aspects. The First Wheel (in which He presented the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Noble Path) are focused on cause … Continue reading

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Rejoicing in the merit of others

All current effects are the consequences of previous causes previous causes manifest when conditions are suitable all present positive experiences arise as a consequence of previous merit current conditions are not necessarily reflective of current actions wealth, strength, fame, beauty, … Continue reading

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Karma, or vows?

Ordinary beings live under the sway of karma. Bodhisattvas live directed by their vows.  Suffering beings are numberless. I vow to rescue them. Delusions are inexhaustible. I vow to end them. Dharma gates are boundless. I vow to open them … Continue reading

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2nd Bodhisattva Vow

As a disciple of the Buddha, I must not steal or encourage others to steal, steal by expedient means, or steal by means of incantation or deviant mantras. I must not create the causes, conditions, methods, or karma of stealing. … Continue reading

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Why is this happening to me?

On occasion, when we find ourselves in unpleasant situations, we ask ourselves: Why is this happening to me? Especially if we have some notions about karma, we would like to pinpoint what particular act has led us here. However, even … Continue reading

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