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Essays on Karma

Essays on Karma [Kindle Edition]

Katinka Hesselink

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Essays on Karma is both an introduction, a kind of 'Karma for dummies', and a look at the philosophical questions that the doctrine of karma calls up. You will learn to question what you've always thought about karma as well as deepen your understanding of the Indian and Buddhist background of this central teaching.

Using quotes from a wide variety of sources - from the traditional Pali (Theravada) Canon to Lama Tsong Khapa (Gelugpa Tibetan Buddhism) and the Bhagavad Gita (Hinduism), you will find that the doctrine of karma is anything but outdated and can help you become a more compassionate person.

Karma is the law of moral cause and effect, giving meaning to the cycle of life and death and part of a world view in which rebirth (or reincarnation) is a central feature. As a feature of Asian religion and spirituality, karma is not about sin and judgment day, but about how consciousness determines our present and future life.
* What is the basic doctrine of karma?
* Does karma explain everything?
* If there is karma, does that mean everything is pre-determined fate? What about Free Will?
* How does spiritual evolution combine with karma?
* Isn’t believing in karma selfish?
* How does one accept karma and yet grow in compassion?
* How do Buddhist and Hindu ritual offerings to Buddha and deities relate to karma? (aka ‘transfer of merits’)
* How does karma relate to the ‘Law of Attraction’?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 856 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Hesselink Publications (23 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Katinka's Essays on Karma is a collection well worth reading, even studying. 26 July 2014
By Simeon Davis - Published on
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First, the essays are thoughtful, not just undigested regurgitations of cliches about karma. You can tell she has pondered the concepts well to understand them and has made them her own.

Second, she is well informed. She not only discusses ideas of her preferred Tibetan Buddhism, but also the concepts of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, as well as Hindu and Theosophic interpretations.

Perhaps most importantly, she takes a practical approach. Karma is not just a theory, but a universal law which thoughtful people use to guide their actions to yield the best outcomes in their lives--skillful action as the Thai Forest monks say.

Also important is her understanding a karma having its wellsprings in the mind. It is psychological first, as thoughts are the foundation of actions. Change the mind, change the karma.

Since she approaches the subject from such a broad perspective, viewing the simple yet complex ideas from different angles, a reader can come to a fuller understanding of the subject.

Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the best books on Karma I have ... 1 July 2014
By Rene Reid - Published on
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Easily one of the best books on Karma I have ever read. Clarifies a lot of things for me. Well worth the read.
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