A project I’ve been working on for a while is finally under way: a free Buddhist meditation course! In every session some philosophical background is given in a rising degree of difficulty, after which a guided meditation provides techniques for embodying this new knowledge, testing it for oneself and by practicing, turning the knowledge into intuition.
As you might suspect, the Buddha’s teachings on Karma are a far cry from the new-age/superstitious ‘squish a bug, be reborn a cockroach’ nonsense. Basically speaking, Karma is not at all a system of retribution or morals, but rather a intricate network of causality. This is actually a very delicate subject, and I’ll try to clarify it to the best of my abilities.
The first time I found myself actually experiencing total rest, there was an almost immediate emotional/intellectual reaction, a deep unease and even fear, and that was the first time I realized that my habitual self-centeredness (a.k.a the ego), was not going down without a fight. So if I’m going to tame the habit, it is going to take real work.