Discovering Buddhism Module 6 – All about Karma

Learn the essential facts about the law of cause and effect. Explore ways to deal with life most effectively and take control of your future!

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  1. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Asking…

  2. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    First, there is personal karma. It is considered as yours and the lives you have lived before. But even Buddhists themselves are quite divided on reincarnation and that stuff. So Zen people say your Karma changes you and your personal environment (scientifically said: neuronal changes -> acting and feeling).
    Then there is a certain world karma, where it can only be said, that the taking of ones belongings (life, property) makes someone else richer or have more power that they abuse.

  3. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    22.49.
    Lady..do not show your backside to Lord Buddha..it is disrespect.

  4. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    THIS IS wrong…NOT EVERYTHING KARMA….I AM THERAVADA BUDDHIST and NOT EVRYTHING IS KARMA….about 90% things are happen according to Karma and there are Niyaama DHarma..there are 5 niyaama dharma….Tibet Buddhism is not including ORIGINAL teaching of the Buddha..There are 5 niyaama dharma.., Need to know more ??Just ask..

  5. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    pretty much sure you are brainwashed.

  6. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Christianity is blind religion to most christians these days 😀

  7. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    hik hik…brainwashed 😀

  8. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    to rid the suffering beings from suffering and even though there Karma is relatively good in this lifetime, it will be better in later lifetimes. Karma is a never ending wheel. Economic conditions exist because WE create them. Suffering is a symptom of Bad Karma released into the world.

  9. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    yes, bad misfortune in this lifetime is explained by bad Karma, however, it is important to note that bad karma carried over from a past lifetime can still be altered in this lifetime or in future lifetimes. So there is no determinism in life. An African refugee that becomes an entrepreuner in America has vanquished his bad karma and generated good Karma in this lifetime. The African refugee that dies but is a virtuous person will be reborn in a higher state. But successful beings can work

  10. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Here is my understanding of this principle. Those engaged in the unskillful behavior you mentioned, are creating for themselves dark kamma which shall be experienced as unpleasant results later on. These people have to be stopped as soon as possible from creating this dark kamma for themselves, by helping them as well as we can as an enlightened society. It is all about point of view with kamma, and it was as a teaching not intended as apologetic, or to “explaining away” social injustices. 🙂

  11. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    The jews and their karma…

  12. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    The Law of Energy Conservation -that which exists (energy) can neither be created nor destroyed but only changes form, may give you some idea of the karmic mechanism.If you believe Heaven exists, you will believe Hell exists too.

  13. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    `Karma` simply means what is done in whatsoever form.`Cause and effect` then just denotes anything done will definitely give rise to the equal consequence . A seed of some fruit planted may result in the harvest of the same fruit but not some pumpkin.The Law of Karma is many a unbelievable thing sometimes described as inconceivable. If you see more other people be unfortunate than you are then you may see that the social inequalities are all not a coincidental occurrence.

  14. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    It is a very good question, Simeon, I had similar questions regarding that aspect of karma. It was explained to me in a very good way which I unfortunately have forgotten myself. Basically, the status you are in does in deed reflect the result of your past karma BUT and it is a big but, that doesn’t mean you have to remain there or suffer because of it. You can still fight for injustice wherever you find it. Good karma doesn’t give you the right to abuse others. I don’t know if I made any sense.

  15. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    @dtseringdorje science is now looking at these methods, and google talk has a conference here on YouTube. Good thought however.

  16. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    like to give clue to understand what karma is. cant you remember the bad things you did in your life. when you remind it, whole picture will come over to your mind and make you suffer for doing that. that is karma. every thing what is said and done is deposited our inner mind and come over to the external mind time to time and make us suffer. that is karma. if this remind to you at the time of your death no so call all mighty god can stop you birth in a position suitable to the sin.

  17. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Good video. Very well. Very true. Very good presentation of basic Karma science. It’s a pity people don’t believe it and scientists don’t explore it. Karma is very real and it is important for everybody to know and apply this knowledge in their lives, both in this lifespan and in the next ones. We may use Karma to shape our lives, experiences we get, and through purification practices we can heal our bodies and minds from all kinds of illnesses, like cancer or schizophrenia. It is possible.

  18. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps lying is the most difficult habit to stop.

  19. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    There’s a lot here. Buddha had insight. One might point to it intuitively but if one aims at
    it rationally, the other may not gain it. All learning is self learning, and all insight — though we can articulate our insight — comes from within and without each individual. I think Buddhism is not entirely coherent in and of itself. People are largely the product
    psychologically of their childhood, ofttimes damaged. One can silence the false self of the adult child by meditation, but he’s still the

  20. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    “the highest intention” is what? What determines, who determines what the highest intention is? If we are striving for that, who’s to say it is not coming from the ego? The highest intention, like absolutes in religion, can by its nature, destroy what is really good. Good or highest intention is not enough. A highest intention would be a response, likely learned or conditioned. Unconditional love is just that — a reaction or response that is not learned or conditioned. It is a direct reaction.

  21. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    WARNING! WARNING! Jesus is coming he died on the cross and rose again.Jesus promised to come back time is short he
    is not coming in another thousand years but in our generation.All biblical revelations are coming? true,
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  22. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    in the case you are speaking of, being born in an unfortunate environment would mean that the conditions are right for one’s negative karma to reap the rewards… similarly, if you consider someone with a lot of negative karma, but gets born in a prosperous environment, then his negative karma may not ripe in that lifetime since the conditions aren’t right.. karma is only 1 of the 5 factors which determine how things work.. look up ‘the 5 niyamas in buddhism’ for more info..

  23. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    why would that be a problem? :S if i understood you correctly, then you have misunderstood it… the buddha has described the mind as a field where you sow the seeds of karma (karma is defined as intention)… and when the time comes (or in other words, when the conditions are right), it ripens and you’ll reap the fruits… it could be either something positive or negative, depending on the nature of the karma..

  24. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Why is it that modern Buddists always validate their techings by quoting Christ of the Bible, especially in seminars? It is a shame, so why don’t they convert to Chrsitianity?

  25. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I think the slight or rather big problem with the theory of karma is that it can explain away social inequalities. Somebody being attacked, raped or abused or one country suffering or being exploited by another might have sound economic reasons. Or perhaps I have misunderstood this. If no state of being is related to anything other than the individual then blame or suffering can’t be attributed to another.


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