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How to Change Your Karma

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama at Chenrezig Institute, June 2011. Photo by Bonnie Jenkins.

Put all your effort, all your energy into the motivation of the good heart. In your everyday life, put all the energy, attention, and effort as much as possible into the good heart, and if possible, the bodhichitta motivation. This becomes the answer for everything; it brings all success and pacifies all the problems of life. Subdue your mind—there are other delusions, but particularly the self-cherishing thought. This is the teaching of the Buddha.

–Lama Zopa Rinpoche



In this issue


New Arrivals

Collection of Powerful Sutras and Mantras Amulet Collection of Powerful Sutras
and Mantras Amulet

This laminated amulet was created by a long-time student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It contains paper copies of Lama Atisha's protection stupa and the Namgyalma mantra, and microfilm copies of other sutras and mantras. All donations generated by these amulets will be given to the Animal Liberation Fund.
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Interconnected - Embracing Life in Our Global Society Interconnected -
Embracing Life in Our Global Society

Plucked from a humble nomad family to become the leader of one of Tibet’s oldest Buddhist lineages, the young Seventeenth Karmapa draws on timeless values to create an urgent ethic for today’s global community. We have always been, and will always be, interconnected—through family, community, and shared humanity. As our planet changes and our world grows smaller, it is vital we not only recognize our connections to one another and to the earth but also begin actively working together as interdependent individuals to create a truly global society.
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Latest eBooks

Steps on the Path to Enlightenment Vol. 2 eBook Steps on the Path to Enlightenment
Vol. 2 eBook

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 Wheel of Life eBook The Wheel of Life eBook

Using the traditional Buddhist allegorical image of the Wheel of Life and the teaching of the twelve links of dependent origination, the Dalai Lama deftly illustrates how our existence, though fleeting and often full of woes, brims with the potential for peace and happiness. We can realize that potential by cultivating a wise appreciation of the interdependency of actions and experience, and by living a kind and compassionate life.
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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.
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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

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 not only avoid future suffering, but 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 - Donation Bodhisattva's Confession of
Moral Downfalls Poster - Donation

This poster print is a perfect meditation tool for visualizing the 35 Buddhas of confession.
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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" 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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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

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. This set of 14 sessions of teachings and guided meditations by Venerable George Churinoff makes for a fascinating study of this popular and practical subject.
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Living in the Path Online: Everything Comes From the Mind Living in the Path Online:
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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Education Programs More Homestudy Programs

Choose from a range of homestudy programs which fulfill the needs of beginning to advanced practitioners. From introductory meditation programs to introductory courses, from lam-rim to the five great philosophical texts, homestudy programs provide everything needed to learn, practice, and fully realize the Buddha's teachings.
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Books

Good Karma Good Karma

The Buddhist practice of mind training involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create good karma. 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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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. The four noble truths, the twelve links of dependent arising, and the two truths regarding conventional and ultimate reality, all interrelated, form the very core of the Buddha's teaching.
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Mo: The Tibetan Divination System Mo: The Tibetan Divination System

The Tibetan divination system called "Mo" has been relied upon for centuries to give insight into the future turns of events, undertakings, and relationships. It is a clear and simple method involving two rolls of a die to reveal one of the thirty-six possible outcomes described in the text. This Mo, which obtains its power from Manjushri, was developed by the great master Jamgon Mipham from sacred texts expounded by the Buddha.
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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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Specials

Silver Kalachakra Pendant Silver Kalachakra Pendant

This beautiful silver-plated 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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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. Made in Nepal.
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Singing Bowl - Double-Sided Cushion Singing Bowl - Double-Sided Cushion

Brass singing bowl with wooden mallet comes with beautiful display pillow featuring two colors, red on one side and black on the other. Singing bowl can be played by either rubbing the mallet around the rim or striking the side of bowl. Each method produces a distinct sound. Integrate this healing tool in your next meditation session. Package includes one wooden mallet, a double-sided cushion and a beautiful black carrying pouch.
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