Giving is the cause of receiving

The first of the six perfections of the bodhisattva is called generosity. Lama Tsongkhapa, the fourteenth-century lama, says in one of his lovely lamrim texts, the very poetic little verse text called Songs of Experience, “Generosity is the wish-fulfilling jewel with...

Karma ripens in four ways

  For the Buddha, the law of karma runs the universe, or, if you like, it’s the natural law of cause and effect within which the universe runs. No one runs it. He didn’t make it up; like any good scientist he observed that this is how things are, and then he...

Karma: we create our own reality

According to Buddha we’re not created by anyone else, either a superior being or our parents. Instead, we’re the product of our own past. This is the broad meaning of the law of karma, the law of cause and effect. Everything we think, do and say leaves imprints or...