Attending to our Karma

Samyaksambuddha

“Buddhism, particularly in its Tibetan form, often contains ritual ceremonies, or pujas, directed toward various Buddha-figures or fierce protectors in order to help dispel obstacles and accomplish constructive purposes. Performing these ceremonies provides conducive circumstances for negative potentials to ripen in trivial rather than major obstacles, and positive potentials to ripen sooner rather than later. If we have built up overwhelmingly negative potentials, however, these ceremonies are ineffective in averting difficulties. Therefore, propitiating gods, spirits, protectors or even Buddhas is never a substitute for attending to our karma – avoiding destructive conduct and acting in a constructive manner. Buddhism is not a spiritual path of protector-worship, or even Buddha-worship. The safe direction of the Buddhist path is working to become a Buddha ourselves.”

[From Taking the Kalachakra Initiation by Alexander Berzin]

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Introduction to the Pledged Bodhicitta Actions for Training and the Root Bodhisattva Vows

Shantideva

Shantideva

 

This is a series of Dharma teachings on ‘Introduction to the Pledged Bodhicitta Actions for Training and the Root Bodhisattva Vows’ by Dr. Alexander Berzin. It is worth a listen if you are interested in the topics of Bodhicitta and the Bodhisattva way of life.