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Karma and Inevitable Results
May 7, 2020
Session (Video) note first few minutes not recorded - see PDF
What Is Karma?
by Venerable Thubten Chodron
Talk & Meditation (24 min)
1. Develop mindfulness of action. During the day observe patterns of action and reaction within yourself (in body/gesture, speech/words and mind/thoughts-feelings).
2. Observe and reflect on "Interbeing", a word coined by Thich Nhat Hanh which reflects dependent arising, non-self and emptiness. For instance, when you sip a cup of tea, you are ingesting the tea leaves, the water, the sunshine, the clouds and rain, the farmers, the delivery folks, the vendors, those who made the cup and on and on.
Dependent arising is related to karma. It is the belief that everything that is in existence exists because other things are in existence. Therefore, everything is interconnected, and everything affects everyone.
May 14 & 21, 2020
Session (Video) 5.14 Practice Overview
Session (Video) 5.21 Teaching & Discussion
INFORMAL PRACTICE 5.14.20
Reflect on remorse and guilt.
Are they the same or different? How are they similar or different?
Do they serve you?
How do they serve you in your life?
INFORMAL PRACTICE 5.21.20
1. Observe your emotional reactivity throughout the day. This may reveal more material to bring into the Purification practice.
2. Without judgment, reflect on the motivations under your actions, both obvious and hidden - in general and throughout the day.
3. In your day-to-day life, reflect on how you can respect karma by being careful and mindful of your actions without feeling constricted, fake or guilty?
May 28, 2020
FORMAL & INFORMAL PRACTICE 5.28.20
Reflect on Karma both on and off the cushion.
1. When is Karma continuing?
How is it continuing?
When is Karma interrupted, slowed or changed?
How is it interrupted, slowed or changed?
2. From Guru Rinpoche:
My view is as vast as the sky yet my actions are as fine as barley flour.