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How Karma Works

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Italy 2014, photo by Matteo Passigato.
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To achieve fully the most supreme peace, which is freedom from all suffering and the removal of every single obscuration, it is necessary to actualize completely the whole path, the Dharma jewel. This starts by correcting each tiny action: avoiding all negative, harmful actions and practicing all positive actions. This is called ‘observing karma.’

–Lama Zopa Rinpoche

New Arrivals

Good Karma Good Karma

Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. Thubten Chodron offers a commentary on one of the great Tibetan Buddhist poems, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, which shows, clearly and practically, how to eliminate the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others.
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Kadampa Stupa Pendant Kadampa Stupa Pendant

A stupa represents the enlightened mind of a buddha, and as such, reveals how the mind can be perfectly transformed. It is explained by Buddha in the sutra Mudra of Developing the Power of Devotion: "The minute you see a holy object, you create infinite merits." The hollow bottom of this beautiful Kadampa stupa pendant is suitable for carrying blessed pills, prayer and mantras written on small pieces of paper, and other special objects. According to Tibetan masters, stupas are an antidote for war, famine, and disease and are also extremely powerful for health and healing.
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Prayer Wheel Pendant Prayer Wheel Pendant

These small prayer wheel pendants contain two million mani mantras on microfilm. The mantra is that of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, and is a copy of the hand-written original by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This charming holy object turns completely around a metal shaft. Size: 1.3 inches (3.5 cm) tall and 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter. Made out of copper.
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Books

How Karma Works How Karma Works

We all want to find happiness and be free from suffering. Happiness comes from positive mental states and actions, and suffering from the opposite. The twelve-part process of dependent arising shows how actions underlain by ignorance propel us from one rebirth into another, keeping us trapped in suffering, and how through understanding reality correctly we can break this cycle. This oral teaching by Geshe Sonam Rinchen is based on the Rice Seedling Sutra and the twenty-sixth chapter of Nagarjuna's Treatise on the Middle Way.
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The Meaning of Life The Meaning of Life

Each of us struggles with the existential questions of meaning, purpose, and responsibility. In The Meaning of Life, the Dalai Lama examines these questions from the Buddhist perpective, skillfully guiding us to a clearer understanding that can liberate us from the prison of selfishness and suffering. The Dalai Lama bases his explanations on the Buddha's teachings of dependent arising, showing how every aspect of our suffering-unhappiness, pain, even old age and death-is ultimately rooted in our misunderstanding of our true nature.
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Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 2 Steps on the Path to Enlightenment,
Volume 2

This second volume of the five-volume commentary by the renowned Buddhist scholar Geshe Lhundub Sopa focuses on the key Buddhist concepts of karma, or cause and effect, and dependent origination. Considered one of the finest scholars of Buddhism alive, Geshe Sopa provides commentaries essential for anyone interested in a sound understanding of Tibetan Buddhist practice and philosophy.
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The Essence of the Vast and Profound - An Oral Discourse on the Middle Length Lam-Rim of Tsongkhapa The Essence of the Vast and Profound - An Oral Discourse on the Middle Length Lam-Rim of Tsongkhapa

Pabongkha Rinpoche’s masterpiece The Essence of the Vast and Profound is one of the great “undiscovered” classics that is now being revealed to English-speaking audience for the first time ever. This awe-inspiring text is a commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa’s Middle-Length Exposition on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment that will soon find its place as another one of the greatest lamrim commentaries ever given.
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Education Programs

Discovering Buddhism Module Six - All About Karma - Online Discovering Buddhism Module Six -
All About Karma - Online

This module will introduce you to the Buddhist concept of karma, the law of cause and effect, and what it means to take personal responsibility. Using examples from everyday life, we will analyze how actions determine their results and cause us to experience either happiness or suffering. We will explore purification practices and establish a daily meditation on karma.
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Discovering Buddhism Module Eleven - Transforming Problems - Online Discovering Buddhism Module Eleven - Transforming Problems - Online

In this module you will consider the disadvantages of self-cherishing and the advantages of cherishing others more than ourselves. Learn how to employ the special techniques of mind training, or “lo-jong,” as a means to transform problems into happiness and learn to like problems, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, "as much as ice cream."
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Basic Program Online: Mind and Cognition Part 2: Minds and Mental Factors Basic Program Online:
Mind and Cognition Part 2:
Minds and Mental Factors

In contrast to "Mind and Cognition, Part 1, Awarenesses and Knowers," which investigates how the mind knows, this subject focuses on the states that color and control the mind, known as the 51 mental factors. Based on one of the earliest systematizations of the Buddha’s teachings, this practical guide offers us a key to identifying and cultivating positive attitudes that lead to peace and well-being.
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Living in the Path Online Realizing the Lam-Rim, Karma: Everything Comes From the Mind Living in the Path Online
Realizing the Lam-Rim, Karma: Everything Comes From the Mind

In this module of Living in the Path, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how everything comes from our mind: (1) due to karma (the mental factor intention, and therefore mind), things appear to us, (2) we then label them (the mind does the labeling and the label itself comes from the mind), and then that particular thing appears to our mind, and finally (3) ignorance (a mind) projects the hallucination of true existence on that thing and we then believe it to exist in that way.
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Discovering Buddhism Module Fourteen - Special Integration Practices - Hard Copy Discovering Buddhism
Module Fourteen - Special Integration Practices - Hard Copy

Unlike the previous 13 in the Discovering Buddhism program, Module 14 does not include audio of teachings and guided meditations. Instead, it is designed for personal practice, the tool by which all of the teachings become integrated with one's mind and daily life. The practices taught in this module fulfill the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche for anyone wishing to fully experience the results of the Discovering Buddhism program.
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Education Programs More Education Programs


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Purifying Negative Karma

Buddha's Teachings on Our Lives Card Buddha's Teachings on Our Lives Card

Lama Zopa Rinpoche composed, translated, and drew the mantra calligraphy on this card as a reminder about the central role karma plays in our lives and experience. The mantra comes from the sutra Phagpa Chu Lung Rol Pyi Do, and purifies 100,000 eons of negativities and obscurations. At the specific request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Lhadri Gelek Sherpa designed the card's frame using Rinpoche's altar at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Available as a frameable 8 x 10 inches (20 x 25 cm) card, this teaching can be placed on your altar.
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The Preliminary Practice of Prostrations The Preliminary Practice of Prostrations

Prostrations to the Thirty-five Confession Buddhas with recitation of the "Bodhisattva's Confession of Moral Downfalls" from the Sutra of Three Heaps, is one of the most powerful methods available to purify harmful actions we have done in the past. By doing this practice mindfully, we can prevent unwanted sufferings from occurring in the future. In addition, this practice clears away obstacles to our practice and opens the mind to gain realizations on the path.
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Practice of Prostrations to the 35 Buddhas - MP3 Download Practice of Prostrations to the
35 Buddhas - MP3 Download

This MP3 program follows the booklet The Preliminary Practice of Prostrations and is the extensive performance of this purification practice as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The practice begins with a motivation and visualization and precedes through the recitation of the 35 Buddhas' names in English, confession prayers and dedication, all recited by Ven. Sarah Thresher. Optional tracks include the names of the 35 Buddhas chanted in Tibetan by Geshe Gelek of Kadampa Center, North Carolina, USA.
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Vajrasattva: A Short Practice - MP3 Download Vajrasattva:
A Short Practice - MP3 Download

Vajrasattva practice is one of the best ways to purify negative karma, and thus avoid future suffering and to clear away obstacles preventing progress on the spiritual path. This audio program follows the skillful method to purify negative karma contained in A Short Vajrasattva Meditation, written by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It walks practitioners through the four opponent powers necessary for purification together with Vajrasattva mantra recitation.
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The Preliminary Practice of Vajrasattva The Preliminary Practice of Vajrasattva

Doing Vajrasattva retreat is not simply about reciting the mantra and saying some prayers; it is about making the practice effective for your mind, making it the quickest, most powerful way to transform your mind. This practice booklet contains the short and long practice of Vajrasattva as well as Vajrasattva tsog. It also contains commentary, retreat advice, altar set-up, and retreat preliminaries by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
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Bodhisattva's Confession of Moral Downfalls Poster Bodhisattva's Confession
of Moral Downfalls Poster

This poster print is a perfect meditation tool for visualizing the 35 Buddhas of confession. 17.5 x 11.5 inches (45 x 29 cm) approx.
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Purifying the Cause of Samsara - Above the Door Mantra Card Purifying the Cause of Samsara -
Above the Door Mantra Card

Place this card above your door in order to benefit from the two main mantras it features: "OM HA NU PAHA SHA BAHA RA HE SVAHA," when once seen purifies 100,000 eons of negative karma and obscurations; and the Wish-Granting Wheel mantra, "OM PADMO USHNISHA VI MA LE HUM PHET," when once passed under purifies 1,000 eons of negative karma and obscurations. Designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, this card affords an easy way for all beings to purify the cause of samsara.
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Specials

Golden Kalachakra Pendant Golden Kalachakra Pendant

This beautiful golden pendant has an embossed Kalachakra yantra on the front and a seed syllable HUM engraved on the back. Pendant includes a sturdy poly silk brown cord. Kalachakra is a Sanskrit term that means "time cycles" and refers to a tantric deity of Vajrayana Buddhism. The philosophy is derived from the concept of cycles of time from planetary cycles to breathing cycles.
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Green Tara Statue Green Tara Statue

Tara or simply Drol-ma in Tibetan, a manifestation of protection and compassion, represents the miraculous activities of all buddhas. In myth she is born from Chenrezig's (in Sanskrit, Avalokiteshvara) tears of compassion. There are innumerable manifestations of Tara arising according to sentient beings' needs, such as the dynamic Green Tara who quickly overcomes obstacles and saves beings in dangerous situations. Statue is made of resin. Size: approx. 4.5 inches (11 cm) tall. Made in Nepal.
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Dzambhala Statue Dzambhala Statue

Dzambhala is believed to be an emanation of Chenrezig, or the Buddha of Compassion, manifesting as a wealth-giving buddha. Through the power of compassionate intention, visualization, mantra recitation, and wealth-stimulating ritual, the practice of Dzambhala ripens and enhances our karma for an abundance of resources. Statue is made of resin. Size: Approx. 4 inches (10 cm) tall. Made in Nepal.
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