Trusting karma is something that many of us struggle with in our practice. But are we clear about what karma really means? Here, Phakchok Rinpoche reminds us that the Sanskrit word karma means “action.” We create karma when we act with our physical body or when we speak. However, it may not be so obvious that we create karma when we think as well.
As we begin to practice meditation, many of us experience doubts. One of the biggest questions is, “How can I concentrate? My mind gets distracted so easily!” We may blame the hectic pace of our modern lives, but Buddhist teachers have been talking about the “monkey mind” for two millennia.
Believing karma, cause and effect, makes us authentic practitioners. Here, Phakchok Rinpoche speaks very directly to our cynicism and doubts. He says frankly that we need to believe in karma and in past and future lives.
And now to continue on where I left off last month from Calling the Guru from Afar. Last time we went over the four preliminary contemplations: samsara, precious human birth, impermanence, and karma. Today we will go over the eight faults followed by the antidotes.
Today my topic is the sixth chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva, and I would like to talk about the three different levels of patience. The first level of patience is based on an understanding of karma, cause and effect.