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Of the many Eastern wisdom teachings to have found their way westward, the notion of karma may be the most misunderstood - and most transformative. American-born teacher Pema Chödrön is renowned for making the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism accessible, practical, and relevant for Westerners from all walks of life. But to bring us an understanding of the fundamental concept of karma, Ani Pema called on one of her own guides. On Karma, she is joined by Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche to present a 2 part teaching session on this challenging subject.
What is karma? Is it superstition? Do you have to believe in reincarnation to understand it? How do I get rid of "bad" karma? In a dialogue both illuminating and provocative, Pema and Kongtrül Rinpoche address the most common questions of Western students, discussing karma on the level of the individual, relationships, and the community and world at large. Session 2 then brings us an inspirational dharma talk with Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche, exploring the roots of positive and negative karma, how your "good heart" will shape this life and the next, service versus self-attachment, and much more.
A mature view of karma empowers us to steer our lives through conscious choice rather than conditioned behaviors. Karma gives us a guiding light for living life at the level of cause, not effect, with responsibility and compassion.
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By Natural Medicine on 01-16-16
I'm not buying it.
What disappointed you about Karma?
It doesn't make resonate with me the way Rinpoche was describing it. It also was frustrating because Pema Chodron seemed to not be able to speak as much as she should have. She seemed uncomfortable.
Would you ever listen to anything by Pema Chödrön and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche again?
Just Pema Chodron.
What didn’t you like about Pema Chödrön and Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche ’s performance?
It was a little difficult to understand but more importantly seemed anachronistic and out of touch, as though one needed to adopt a belief system when presented in this way.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Good to see the contrast between Rinpoche and Pema Chodron. It made me appreciate Pema Chodron much more.
Any additional comments?
It was unsettling and confusing. It's not that I don't believe in karma; it's jus that this approach felt contrived.
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