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Welcome to the fourth week of our Meditation Project, where examine the object from different angles to improve our understanding.  Towards the end of the week we bring all our thoughts together in two qualified meditations. The anticipated format is one meditation per day Monday to Friday, and then the same meditation on Saturday and Sunday, bringing all our understanding together. [These meditations are taken from the Book – How to Transform Your Life, available from Tharpa.com]

Our meditation topic for Week 4 is Karma.

Week 4 Object: A heartfelt wish to develop a strong determination to avoid even the slightest non virtue and to nurture even the smallest positive thoughts and constructive deeds.

Day 1 Contemplation

Karma means actions – the actions of our body, speech and mind. The subject is very meaningful.  Throughout our life we have to experience various types of sufferings and problems without choice.  This is because we do not understand which actions we need to abandon and which actions we need to practice.  If we had this knowledge and put it into practice there would be no basis for suffering and problems.

Day 2 Contemplation

The law of karma is a special instance of the law of cause and effect, according to which all our actions of body, speech and mind are causes and all our experiences are their effects.

Day 3 Contemplation

If we do not perform and action, we cannot experience its effect. If we do perform and action, we will definitely experience its effect.

Day 4 Contemplation

The actions of living beings are never wasted, even though a long time may pass until their effects are experienced. Actions cannot simply vanish, and we cannot give them away to someone else and thus avoid out responsibility.

Day 5 Contemplation

Our mind is like a treasure chest and our virtuous actions are like jewels.  If we do not safeguard them through dedication, whenever we become angry it is as if we had put a thief amongst our treasures.

Weekend Meditations

After becoming familiar with our meditation object through the previous five meditations, we can now try to bring all our understanding together in one object of placement meditation, arrived at through the following contemplation:

By contemplating how the results of our actions are definite, we will develop a strong determination to avoid even the slightest non virtue and to nurture even the smallest positive thoughts and constructive deeds.

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