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The Power of Karma (part five)

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We experience the effects of and participate in group karma in many different ways. Because every country has a government that mandates laws such as traffic laws or civil responsibilities, we must conform to the rules or suffer the consequences. In addition, we participate in national or regional reputations for similar likes and dislikes, our shared accent, or being of a rough or gentle nature, simply by being born in a particular place. We are treated as a group rather than as individuals.

Group karma might also include being treated well or badly according to our gender, or race, something that we have no control over in our participation. In addition, all humans alive at this particular time experience their world together under the sun and stars of astrological influence or cosmic events. They also suffer calamities and natural disasters as groups without regard to personal collections of virtue and non-virtue that might make them immune to harm as individuals.

Tibetans sad…

The Power of Karma (part four)

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Both you and I, as well as everyone else, does not want to experience anything bad, isn't that so? We only want to experience the wonderful and positive in life, and we absolutely do not want to suffer. We, as well as all living beings, hold this baseline commonality; none wishes to suffer and seeks happiness and comfort. The nature of the smallest creature has this in common with every living being.

However, strangely enough, we are continuously experiencing what we do not want to meet, yet what we desire is not that easy to get, even with effort! If that were not so, for example, I could just go to a Lamborghini car dealership, and say, "I have no money but I want to have that red one over there." They would say, "Of course, our pleasure." It would certainly be a different world if we could have everything we wanted. Since we want happiness more than anything else, we should be able to get it. If a red Lamborghini makes me happy, why shouldn’t I hav…

The Power of Karma (part three)

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We learn about the positive effects of prayer for both our own needs and to advocate for others. We want the magical events that seem to be outside of ordinary experiences such as an answer to a prayer, synchronicity, or divine appearances in meditation. That would definitely be a kind of amazing and magical happening. Just when life is moving along in a predictable manner, magic strikes! We want it to be that way. We want the surprise of magic in our life!

However, within the context of the boring, the predictable and the ordinary, magical events are taking place continuously within your own mind, causing you to perceive the world, yourself and others in ways that are not actually how they exist in reality. As human beings, we perceive the world as though it was real, but it is like a fantasy, a magical display. Events, experiences, as well as the arisal, occurrence, and dissolution of karma are self-constructed magical creations. The magical qualities of our life are the ac…

The Power of Karma (Part two)

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There are many “baby Buddhism” explanations of deep principles of Tibetan Buddhism available. The “accessible” information stream is very easy and smooth with practically no effort needed on the part of the curious. “Do good things, and do not do bad things.” However, I do have confidence in your intelligence. The explanations of karma commensurate with the shift to inner quantum physics realities logically would be more complex than perhaps a small sign on a store shelf telling us, “stealing is bad karma.” You might even think, ‘Why am I being fed simplistic beginner concepts when I am completely capable of understanding more complex strategies?'

However, in the real world, a relationship with a teacher or mentor evolves on both sides. The more you interact with the teacher, and the lama begins to trust and appreciate your ability to understand, the more he or she will, with a professional ease, touch points of perceptual errors that need to change. In that way, we go fro…

The Power of Karma (part one)

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Karma is an important subject, however, everyone is already an authority. Each one of us are equal experts in karma, casually using and disposing karma without taking time off. Everybody knows the meaning of karma as it is used in everyday life: a warning to be good, or else! I have seen a small sign in stores next to their most valuable objects, "Stealing is bad karma.” Even many Christian churches use the word karma like an English word because of common usage. On the other hand, perhaps there is more to this Oriental concept than the common meaning.

The word karma is from the Sanskrit, an early classical Indian language. It is still considered a sacred language because of its use in ancient religious philosophy, commentaries and texts of early Buddhism and Hinduism as well as sacred mantras of deities. In Tibet and elsewhere, mantras and sacred verse are still recited in Sanskrit by the empowerment of the holy syllables.

In Tibetan, karma is called ley, but means exactly t…