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...

A new year and a fresh start

Many cultures celebrate the coming of a new year. And for all of them it brings the promise, the optimism, of a new start. Tibetans, for example, love their New Year celebrations. They start the night before the first day of the First Month, and go on for fifteen...

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...