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Archived In the Moment Teachings and Newsletters:

This year we are organizing our teaching emails into four important Buddhist topics for contemplation: Our Precious Human Life, Impermancence, Karma or the Law of Cause and Effect, and the Nature of Samsara. These teachings are fundamental to all Buddhist traditions and reflection upon them provides the foundation for your meditation practice.

Our Precious Human Life - 2013 Teachings Series 1

 

Impermanence - 2013 Teachings Series 2

Everything in the universe is changing in each moment. The seasons change; day changes to night. Children become adults; adults grow old. Since everything is constantly changing, we never know when the end will come. We may be perfectly healthy today, but it is possible that tomorrow we will die. If we want to practice Buddhism then we must do it right now. We cannot wait for a tomorrow that may never come. By contemplating impermanence, we cultivate diligence in our practice.

 

Karma - 2013 Teachings Series 3

The Buddha taught that every action of our body, speech and mind leaves an impression on our personal continuum which will eventually ripen and produce a result. This is called the Law of Karma, or the law of cause and effect. Generally, wholesome actions will produce wholesome results and unwholesome actions will produce the opposite. By studying the teachings on karma we learn which actions to adopt and which actions to abandon in order to create the causes which will produce happiness for ourselves and others.

 

The Nature of Samsara - 2013 Teachings Series 4

Samsara means "wheel of life". Buddhism teaches that driven by our karma, we cycle through endless rounds of birth, life, death, and the intermediate stage called the "bardo". The nature of samsara is suffering. Even pleasure is ultimately suffering because it is impermanent. By contemplating the nature of samsara and acknowledging the pain and suffering of our lives, we are motivated to seek liberation. We begin to wonder whether worldy desires are really worth clinging to, and a sense of renunciation begins to develop in our minds.