Karma means actions of body, speech, thought and heart. Our habitual actions create patterns of behavior we tend to identify with as “who we are”. We may think: “I am an angry, sad, or anxious person”, or “I am a good person.” However, these patterns are not us; they are the result of habitual actions formed from the causes and conditions of our life.
Our life is a shared relationship with this planet and other people. Understanding that each of us is a result of past conditions makes it possible to bring wisdom, kindness and compassion to all our relationships. Rather than make judgments, we become aware of how unique everyone’s karma is. Rather than hold tight to a fixed view of our self and others, we learn that each of us has the ability to form intentions and responses which support more harmonious relationships.
In this class we will use formal practice, discussions and daily life and explore ways to develop skillful patterns and clear unskillful patterns in our relationships with ourselves, others and the planet.
The chapter “Kamma of Relationship” from the book Kamma and the End of Kamma will be used as a guide for much of the class. The book can be accessed at: https://forestsangha.org/teachings/books/kamma-and-the-end-of-kamma?language=English
This program is appropriate for those who have prior meditation experience.
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.