Karma is a Sanskrit word meaning action, the universal law of cause and effect referring to the process of mental imprints turning into the experiences of our lives. These imprints, or seeds, are planted on our mental continuum, formed by every action of body speech and mind. For every action there is a result, an effect, similar to the cause. For example, if we plant a tomato seed the result will be a tomato plant, not a potato. Likewise, when we drop a pebble into a pond we can see the ripples created and the effects around the pond’s edges. If we didn’t see someone drop the pebble in the water, we’d only see the ripples, the effect. Similarly, our actions have consequences and we are experiencing the effects of past actions, from past lives, even though we can’t recall the past cause. By understanding how karma works we can learn to do more of what is helpful for ourselves and others, and less of what only leads to suffering. This takes patience and compassion, but what could be more worthwhile?
These Meditations led by Venerable Tenzin Drolkar