Dong Hung Buddhist Temple
Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

March 18, 2014

Topic:        Karma

The Venerable Thich Chuc Dai led the discussion.  The Venerable Thich Chuc Thanh assisted.  

Notes from the white board by Ven. Thay Dai:

    Majjhima Nikaya 57, The Dog
    Mahhhima Nikaya 41, The Brahman

Inferiority                                    Superiority
Short Life                                    Long Life
Sick                       Beings           Healthy
Ugly                                           Handsome
Insignificant           Hunams         Influential
Poor                                           Rich
Low Born                                    High Born
Stupid                                        Wise   


1. Beings are owners of karma.
2. Beings are heirs of karma.
3. Beings have karma as their progenitor.
4. Beings have karma as their kin.
5. Beings have karma as a homing place.

The discussion focused on these relationships and the significance of ownership of karma.  Reading the Majjhima Nikaya 135 we see that if one is “… a killer of living beings, murderous….given to blows and violence…” if one is reborn in the human state, he will be short lived where ever he is born.  The opposite is also true.  If one abstains from killing living beings, etc., if one is reborn in the human state, one will experience long life.  The sutra discusses each of the conditions noted in the above chart.

Thay Dai stressed the importance of ownership, training one’s mind and the fact that karma is dependent on our self.  He also reviewed the four stages of learning Buddhism:
1. Find a teacher.  Learn the Dharma from a teacher.
2. Listen to the Dharma.
3. Think about the Dharma.
4. Practice.

Mark Palamara
March 20, 2014

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