Class 4: The Meaning of Life: How to Direct our Karma?
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, Aug. @ 7 pm - 9 pm
245 College Ave, Apt. C, Palo Alto
"Do you think that everyone wishes that only happy things will happen to us and we don't want the non-happy things to happen to us? But we can calculate and see how many causes of future happiness vs. causes of future suffering we have created by seeing how many positive or negative thoughts we have had in one day. You have many, many previous causes and effects that are stored in your mind-stream. It is already very, very huge, like a huge, huge warehouse of countless causes and you don't know at what second which cause will pop up and become mature, and will begin to function to bring you the happiness or suffering experience."
"Our mind is like a camera, it doesn't just record one direction, it records every direction. It doesn't matter if it is a good or bad experience, correct or not correct experience, it records everything. Everything that is recorded becomes a cause and that cause in the future will become the fruition."
-Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche
Class 4- "The Meaning of Life: How to Direct our Karma?"
Please join us as we discuss:
• How does karma imprint and is stored in your mind-stream? What kinds of karmic seeds (boxes) do you have inside your warehouse? How do these causes affect your current life? How do these causes affect your future lives?
• What is the nature or meaning of this life (what is cyclic existence)? Who are we (what is the nature of the self) ? How can your subtle consciousness (bardo) be carried from one life to the next? How does our karma shape or create our existence, impel us from one life to the next?
• What are the different states of existences (realms or states of rebirth) and how these are connected with our internal states of suffering (negative emotions/ afflictions of the mind) and our internal states of happiness (development of positive qualities of the mind- wisdom, compassion and loving-kindness)?
"All beings in samsara (cyclic existence) are like travelers going from one life to the next. We have past lives, we have our current life, and will have future lives. It is continuous and if you don't do the cultivation it will be endless lives. From life to life there is the subtle consciousness (bardo) that carries with you from one life to the next, and in each life stores different experiences (karmas). We have many different karmas in our mind-stream. If it is a sleeping karma it won't have the power to control what your next life will be, but whichever karma ripens as the last thought at the time of death will be the cause for where you will go in the next life. Karma is like a huge, huge warehouse and every second in this life that you experience is because those karmas ripened and you have those kind of results. Based on that logic you will feel that life is not meaningful because you are unable to control yourself; you are unable to control your life. All your experiences are because of your past karma, those ripened karmas that carry you to have all he happiness and all the suffering. It is all because of those past karmas. You don't have the power to control it and you will feel hopeless.
But in fact, this is not the case, because Buddha taught us the teachings so we know that we are able to make a plan to train ourselves and through the training of yourself will have the ability to change your current life and your future life. All the karma is so huge, it is like a warehouse of good and bad karmas that are all unorganized and covered in dust and when you step inside your warehouse (your mind) you feel so uncomfortable and you don't know how to begin to arrange and clean it because everything is so mixed up. So you have to think 'ok, I can do it' and start with dusting everything off, so you can see what are the good things and what are the bad things to put them in order. Then you can remove the bad things and leave more space for the good things, so you will be able to store more and more good things. And like that you will be able to have the ability to change your life and future lives."
-Namnang Mingjo Dorje Rinpoche
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