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Karma and the Consequences of Our Actions

by Ratnadharini

The fourth talk in a five-part series from Tiratanaloka's retreat on the 'Four Mind Turnings' of the Tibetan tradition. Here Ratnadharini takes us a little closer into the whole, often misunderstood area of karma in Buddhist thinking. She draws out the important details of the process that we call 'actions and consequences' - but her emphasis is always on putting what we learn into practice in real life, with other real people.

Talk given at Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre, 2005

This talk is part of the series The Four Mind-Turning Reflections.

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1. A recap of the previous talks; quote from the Dhammapada; conditioned co-production and the law of karma; skilful and unskilful mental states (8:12) 
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2. The 5 niyamas and the karma niyama; karma-vipaka - pleasureable and painful (6:53) 
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3. The distinction between skilful and unskilful; re-becoming or rebirth (4:27) 
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4. Immediate and continual applications of karma; weighty karma, death-proximate karma, habitual karma, residual karma (6:55) 
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5. Putting the theory into action; reflection and application; a starting place for practice; inaction (7:16) 
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6. A reminder of poor rebirth or a positive opportunity; changing oneself; the 4 atma kleshas (13:51) 
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7. Our effect on others; our effect on the world; quote from Ryokan - the moon and flowers (6:48) 

Total running time: 54:22