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Three Ordinary Ideas Called into Question by Karma in Buddhism

There are three ordinary ideas that we have that make karma seem particularly strange but which are ultimately called into question in Buddhism. The first is that people are very separate from the material world; the second is that the present and the future are very separate; the third is that different beings and different locations in space are very separate. Continue reading Three Ordinary Ideas Called into Question by Karma in Buddhism

Student’s Question: Does time exist? Does anything arise? What’s the difference between Totality and relative existence?

When we say ‘past’ we mean ‘everything that has gone by, it’s not now’. Of course, although logically we can understand that, the habit to cling to the past is so strong it is almost impossible to maintain that understanding. It is not how we are programmed and that has to be faced – we are deluding ourselves all the time that we know something we don’t know. We don’t know the past that has gone. In fact the whole way we think of time is an illusion. That is a tough truth to face. Continue reading Student’s Question: Does time exist? Does anything arise? What’s the difference between Totality and relative existence?