Karma has got nothing to do with punishment and reward

When we hear about the law of karma we immediately assume it’s another variation of punishment and reward that we know about in our creator religions. It’s also the view deep in our bones even if we’re not religious: instinctively we feel guilty if we do something bad...

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...

We’re the boss!

  According to Buddha we’re not the handiwork of anyone else, either a creator or our parents (sure, they give us a body, how kind; but they don’t give us our mind). Instead, we’re the product of our own past. This is the general meaning of the law of karma, the...
Postcard 77 from Robina, Riga, January 20, 2017

Postcard 77 from Robina, Riga, January 20, 2017

I left off postcard 76 with this: “Tomorrow, Friday January 13, I fly to Stockholm, via London. In Sweden for two weeks, the UK for two months, then other bits of Europe till mid-July.” Actually, I missed out a place: Martigny in Switzerland. François, Violette and I...