Being philosophically-minded, I have always found the descriptions of the doctrine of karma by Eastern teachers to be frustratingly vague. So I set out to find out what, exactly, the doctrine of karma is, and why we should believe it. The resulting study is somewhat lengthy, so I have now broken it into small topics that you can read individually.
A selection of quotations from mostly Hindu scriptures and teachers, explaining all the major aspects of the theory of karma.
An examination of the many difficult philosophical questions raised by the traditional Hindu theory of karma.
An attempt to evaluate the accuracy of the doctrine of karma, bringing a variety of different perspectives to bear upon the problem.
A short article on a view of rebirth taught by a Sheikh of Islamic or Sufi mysticism.
A listing of the works quoted and referenced in the previous sections.
A systematic presentation of the theory of world ages described by Hindu scripture and its relationship to modern science. The system of ages described in the Puranas is described in detail, including kalpas, manvantaras, maha yugas, Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga, Dvapara Yuga, and Kali Yuga. Current scientific theories of evolution and periodic mass extinctions are also explored.
|Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha
By Kalu Rinpoche. Comparing Kyabje with Milarepa, the greatest meditation master Tibet has ever known, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extols the author of Luminous Mind as a "beacon of inspiration" for spiritual practitioners of all traditions. Noting that "there have been few like him before or since," His Holiness urges us to delve into this remarkable anthology of the late Kalu Rinpoche's essential instructions so that we may encounter "the full range of Buddhist practice from basic analysis of the nature of the mind up to its ultimate refinement in the teachings of Mahamudra." Includes Mind, Reality, and Illusion, The Transformations of Mind: Lives, Deaths and Rebirths, and The Paths of Liberation, which includes introductions to the essence of the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana paths as well the the higher teachings of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. Click here for more information.
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