This is an extension of a previous class. However, all experienced meditators are welcome to join.
Karma is the action of body, speech or heart, and the results of these actions. Often it is called “the law of cause and effect.” Each time we act, we form an inclination to behave that way again in the future. These actions create patterns of behavior that we identify with as who we are: “I am an angry…or anxious…or good person.”
The teachings of the Buddha offer a way to deepen our awareness of this process. Before we act, we can pause and evaluate whether an action is skillful or unskillful. By forming the intention of kindness and compassion, we can learn to act in ways that lead to a more peaceful and harmonious life, one less driven by old karmic patterns.
In this course, we will use formal and daily-life practice to cultivate skillful actions and to explore the freedom of moving beyond the range of cause and effect. Ajahn Sucitto’s book "Kamma and the End of Kamma" will be used to as an aid to study and practice and is available for download here.
Ron Denhardt has practiced Insight Meditation and in the Zen tradition since 1989. He has been teaching at CIMC since 2006, where he teaches the Elders’ Group and other classes. He also teaches meditation at colleges, adult education centers, and other community organizations. Ron has a strong interest in somatic practices and neuroscience. He finds it very heartening when practitioners realize personal freedom is possible and that their own freedom will be beneficial to all.