We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing utterly that happiness and suffering come from "out there." Even more fundamental than that, we assume that we are the handiwork of someone else, either a superior being or our parents. The experiential implications of this view are blame, anger, and guilt, bringing ever-deepening levels of suffering and hopelessness.
According to Buddha's view of reality, we come into this life at the first moment of conception in our mother's womb fully programmed with our own tendencies and the seeds of our experiences in this life. As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, the view of karma is one of "self-creation." We are, literally, the creators of our lives, our happiness, and our suffering. We are the boss.
With this view we realize that everything we experience is our own "karmic appearance," as Lama Zopa Rinpoche puts it. Everything is made by our own minds, in the past and in the present. The experiential implication of this view being empowerment, accountability, and the courage to change. Combining it with an understanding of the Buddha's model of the mind, we gradually loosen the grip of ego-grasping and the other neuroses, thus developing our marvelous potential for clarity, self-confidence, empathy and the other qualities that Buddha says are at the core of our being.
Venerable Robina will lead us in a weekend retreat of teachings, discussions, and meditations to help us better understand the role karma plays in our own lives and how we can control our own future.
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Each month there are days set aside in the Tibetan calendar which are auspicious for specific practices. It's very helpful for Milarepa Center and its community to do these practices whenever possible. We invite you to join us for the various rituals or pujas we have scheduled.Details
It is entirely due to your kindness that our Center flourishes. Here’s a glimpse of our new altar, the latest addition to Milarepa’s development. Thank you all for your heartfelt generosity and kind service.
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