"It is just like if you throw a rock, you throw the rock and at the end the rock will and on the ground. When you throw the rock, it is the cause and when it drops on the ground it is the result. So, no matter whether it is a pleasant or unpleasant feeling it comes from a cause. All the happiness and suffering that you experience today are all those rocks (causes) that you previously threw into the air and today they are dropping down and you experience the effect.
Where does the cause come from? Causes come from karma, and so, you ask, what is karma? All of your experiences become karma. When you see a statue or a horse, you have the image appear and that image imprints and keeps as a record in your mind, and it becomes a karma. So, no matter if it is a good or bad experience it will imprint in your mind-stream and those experiences are karma... In our lives we have a lot of experiences of happiness and suffering. It is because in our previous lives we have experienced a lot of positive and non-positive karma. "
-Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche
Generate the Correct Attitude toward your Life: The Importance of Cause & Effect
Part of a New Series Reviewing the Essence of Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche's
"21 Classes on the Essential
Points to Cultivating the Buddhist Path"
Wed, July 24th @ 7 pm - 9 pm
245 College Ave, Apt. C
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Class 2 - "Generating the Correct Attitude toward your Life: The Importance of Cause & Effect"
Please join us as we discuss:
- Why do we experience happiness and suffering within our lives? What are the causes of happiness? What are the causes of suffering?
- What is karma? How does karma (your experiences - both positive & negative) imprint and store in your mind-stream? How does the ultimate pure essence of your mind become contaminated?
- How does Dharma (Buddha's Teachings) help us to reflect and contemplate about our life and give us insights and understanding of how to solve our problem? How do we generate more happiness and decrease/remove the suffering within our lives?
"In our minds we have a lot of causes of suffering and causes of happiness, so we need to remove or reduce the causes of suffering and increase the causes of happiness. According to Dharma (Buddha's Teaching), the first step we need to do is study the Dharma to setup the criterion, so you can know what to do- what is correct and what is not correct. In your mind you will setup a criterion to compare and be able to decide what is correct or not correct. After you study the Dharma, you can use this criterion to reflect about yourself and find out what is your problem and find the solution. After you find the solution, you can perform the solution, apply the antidote for your problem and that process is CULTIVATION.
Just like when you build a house, before you build a house you have to decide how big to build it- what is the land like, how wide, how high, what materials you are going to use and so on. The same thing applies when you study the Dharma- after you decide to study, you learn the Dharma and then you need to contemplate and examine yourself based on what you learned from the Dharma. In Buddhism we have a term- inferential logic- it means you examine yourself, contemplate yourself and find out what is right and what is not right and compare with the Dharma that you just learned and find the problem that you have!"
-Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche
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