Karma

Mandala Offering: offering “everything to the Buddha” — purify karma and accumulate merit daily

Mandala Offerings require only minutes each day and can be considered the "perfect" complete practice. We offer literally everything — the entire cosmos, even our internal mind, and body — to the Enlightened Ones. Mandala offerings, when dignified ...

Wealth Deities: Generating Karma for Prosperity by Practicing Generosity. How to Reconcile Renunciation with Wealth Practices in Buddhism.

Lama Atisha, the revered lama and Mahasiddha, came across an old man, dying of starvation in Bodghaya. Lama Atisha offered his own flesh, cut from his body, to save the old man. But the old man said, “How ...

A Wheel With Eight Spokes: Why Picking and Choosing “Beliefs” — or “Revisionist” Buddha Dhama — Can Obstruct Your Buddhist Practice

" The eightfold path is often represented as a wheel with eight spokes. Pick a wheel with just one or two and it won't take you very far." — Mark Vernon [13] "Some traditional Buddhist teachers tend to ...

Karma is Not Fate: Why Karma is Empowering

Why is Karma empowering? One way of viewing Karma is as an aggregate of all of our actions, thoughts, words, dreams, desires into a user-controlled version of fate — that is you control your fate instead of some ...

Broken Commitments: 3 Teachers weigh in on practice “overload” and breaking Vajrayana practice promises. What do we do about it?

Too busy to practice? Too stressed out or sick to fulfil your practice commitments? Assuming you've prioritized — reducing Facebook, Twitter and television time — what if you continue to break your practice commitments? What can you do ...

What’s Your Karmic Net Worth? Avoid Compound Negative Karmic Interest with Vajrasattva Mantra and Four Opponent Powers.

Negative karma earns a sort of "compound interest" that rapidly accumulates if you don't purify daily — not just ordinary interest, but usury levels a loan shark could appreciate. Even if you are generous and create endless merit ...

Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

The concept of reincarnation and rebirth has successfully captivated human beings over the ages. Although the terms "Reincarnation" and "Rebirth" are often used inter-changeably, there is a significant difference between the two concepts. Reincarnation is normally understood to be ...

Rebirth, Part 1: Is There Evidence of Rebirth or Reincarnation?

Part 1 of a Buddha Weekly Series on Rebirth Nothing inspires more debate amongst Buddhists, than the notion of rebirth. There's no doubt the Buddha believed in rebirth (not in reincarnation, which implies a soul). To hundreds of ...