“Practicing With Karma”
with John Orr
August 12 - 16, 2020
There may be many questions regarding the meaning of karma and how to work
with it in our practice. What is karma? How does it work? Does karma mean
predestination or fate? If there is no self, whose karma is it? How does karma get
transferred from one lifetime to the next?
Karma is nether punishment or reward, but just the natural results of seeds we have
planted, consciously or unconsciously. Some of these seeds or actions through
what we say or do are wholesome and others unwholesome.
The Buddha said; Abandon the unwholesome. If it were not possible, I would not
ask you to do it. If such abandonment led to suffering, I would not ask you to
abandon the unwholesome. But such abandonment leads to happiness, so I ask you,
abandon the unwholesome. Cultivate the wholesome. If it were not possible, I
would not ask you to do it. If such cultivation led to suffering, I would not ask you
to do it. But the cultivation leads to good, to joy and happiness for all beings.
Cultivate the wholesome.
This is the heart of dharma, through mindfulness and the tools of our practice
seeing what supports the wholesome and what conditions lead to the release of the
unwholesome in our lives. Through a deepening awareness of the intentions related
to our actions and a commitment to live with increasing love and non harm we are
freed from suffering and experience much more happiness and peace.
Instruction in Vipassana (Insight) Meditation and Pure Awareness Practice, as well
as, Heart Centered Meditations will be offered. Dharma talks and chanting from
various spiritual traditions will be part of the retreat, which is conducted in noble
John Orr received Theravada Buddhist ordination while living in Thailand and India as a monk for eight years in the 1970’s. He has been teaching meditation and leading retreats internationally since 1980 and has also practiced in the Taoist, Dzogbchen and Hindu Yoga traditions. He teaches through the New Hope Sangha in Durham, North Carolina and Deep Spring Center Ann Arbor, Michigan. He recently retired from teaching for three decades at Duke University.
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