Karma, do you understand it, or is it just a philosophical misunderstanding?

‘We have come to a couple of related ideas which are common in Buddhism and they are the ideas of karma and rebirth. These ideas are closely inter-related, but because the subject is a fairly wide one, we will begin to deal with the idea of karma today and rebirth in another lecture. We know that what binds us in samsara are the defilements — desire, ill-will and ignorance. We spoke about this when we talked about the Second Noble Truth — the truth of the cause of suffering. These defilements are something which every living being in samsara shares, whether we speak of human beings or animals or beings who live in the other realms which we do not normally perceive. In this, all living beings are alike and yet amongst all the living beings that we can normally perceive, there are many differences. For instance, some of us are wealthy, some are less wealthy, some are strong and

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My thoughts and reflections today!

‘Conscience works less well collectively. Compared to individuals, a group is less free to self-correct its morality. It follows from this idea that the self-interested righteousness and imperialism of a nation, driven by cabals of power, are even more pronounced than the same tendencies in individuals.’ REINHOLD NIEBUHR REINHOLD NIEBUHR ON POLITICS, RELIGION, AND CHRISTIAN FAITH This is the same guy who wrote the serenity prayer The Serenity Prayer is the common name for a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971). The best-known form is: ‘God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.’ So political consciousnesses in Australia. Do we have a group, monkey see, monkey do mentally or are we just blind sheep? For example many people from religions, backgrounds disagree with the new laws in Victoria concerning assisted dying, this is their own personal view really? My sentiments

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Why is letting go so important and what is the point?

Christian theological themes operate from a deep sense of surrender. Buddhism doctrines and themes operate from a deep sense of letting go. Clearly, both religions are encouraging us to stop trying to control everything. Yes, the Christian religions advice is to let God figure it out. Where, Buddhism teaches your karma has it figured out and no point of resistance . What Scott’s theme and thought about all this? Well, a the olde Zen teacher Charlotte Jodo Beck below uses a river a the metaphor for life. Nothing new in water and rivers represented as life or life giving. However, I like her thoughts troubling things too. Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, ever red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor (employee ), every illness, every loss, ever moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, ever breath. Every moment is the guru. Charlotte Joko Beck.

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Anger punishment and illusions of truth!

People attempt to compare religions. For me, with a theological background and my focal point is more about Buddhism these days. I get asked some pretty unusual questions. This is my resolution when I consider the consequences of personal anger with both familiar religions side by side. A Christian might say God does not like anger and you need to repent and change your wicked ways or suffer judgment and consequences. Matthew 5:22 NIV But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. A Buddhist might say that your anger will punish you and the cause and effect, (karma) will alone bring about more suffering and trouble. SN 7.2  PTS: S i 161  CDB i 255 Akkosa Sutta: Insult, translated from

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My beautiful late nineteenth century Japanese Buddha

I purchased this looking for a present for my mothers birthday. It’s was a expensive item, considering I am not wealthy and live a simple life. It was advertised at $1450 Australian dollars and I haggled in down to $1200. Still no small investment for me, however, I have been on the lookout around for over two year or more and in Australia it’s not east to find beautiful statues like this. I decided to find out as much as I could about my the new addiction to home. I love it but had no knowledge of Japanese wooden Buddhist statues or art to be honest. I do however have a good eye for old things of quality, considering at one point in my life I collected antiques and restored old furniture for a hobby. I suspected the base was not original and was fascinating how the colour was applied and the calving technique was a complete mystery. So here

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Church verse universe, the universe verse church

My context is organised religious places of worship failing to address the issues concerning reality. Our inner growth seems to bump up against this – ’that which we love, to which we are attached, is never the obstacle; the obstacle is only in the false identification of the loved image with reality, the obstacle lies only in ignorance’ Herbert Benoit Monotheism: my many years involved with a variety of Protestant churches and para Christian organizations was clearly a large part of my life and learning and of course my theological studies expanded this. Why am I no longer involved? Am I just another angry or disgruntled Christian guy? No, and I certainly cannot disregard all the learning I enjoyed. So, am I still calling myself Christian? No, this would not be a truthful statement about me. Do I still belief in Christ? of course. Do I still attend services like Easter or Christmas? No, my interest in Christianity as a

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Road trip to NSW for an “Introduction to Buddhism” at Nan Tien Institute.

I have plenty of theological studies, mostly practical or commonly knows as pastoral studies. I am a westerner who has not travelled to Buddhist countries and certainly never been on retreats or experienced monasteries. I have jumped in the deep end, considering minimul cultural studies and no Buddhist friends. This is a completely new discipline at a postgraduate level. What was I thinking some may wonder? Well, I have no clue but I just decided from basic self-taught meditations and reading about Buddhism it would be fascinating to learn more. Typical for a westerner, knowledge is our first stop and let’s be honest, it’s a respected approach that most of us take. Some cultures, as I have learnt about Buddhism, they value experience highly and possibly more than knowledge.  Knowlege of Buddhism is not much use without practising it in terms of meditations and lifestyle choice. When I arrive on the first day after my first night in my little campervan, that I hired and

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