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How We Create Karma and How We Purify It

Santa Fe – New Mexico – USA  |  Local time:

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Heart Curriculum



How We Create Karma and How We Purify It


We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing utterly that happiness and suffering come from “out there”. Even more fundamental than that, we assume that we are the handiwork of someone else, either a superior being or our parents. The experiential implications of this are blame, anger, and guilt, bringing ever-deepening levels of suffering and hopelessness.

Buddha’s view of reality is that we create ourselves: we come into this life at the first moment of conception in our mother’s womb fully programmed with our own tendencies and the seeds of our experiences in this life. As the Dalai Lama says, the view of karma is one of “self-creation.” We are, literally, the creators of our lives, our happiness, and our suffering. We are the boss.

As Lama Yeshe says, “We create negative karma with our minds and we purify it by creating positive karma with our minds.”

During this workshop we will discuss how we create karma and how we purify it in conjunction with the meditation on the Buddha Vajrasattva and the application of the four opponent powers.

Retreat Schedule:
Friday 5/21: 7:00-8:30pm Mountain Time
Saturday 5/22: 10:00am -11:30pm, 1:30-3:00pm Mountain Time
Sunday 5/23: 1:30-3:00pm Mountain Time

Taught by Ven. Robina Courtin

Duration: 4 Classes of 90 minutes

BIO: Ordained since the late 1970s, Venerable Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.

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