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San Diego Buddhism“People are Karma-producing machines. That is all we do and all we have ever been doing,” said Jeff Goin, a resident teacher at Vajrarupini Buddhist Center. Karma is the belief that for every action there are effects that occur because of this action. Twenty-five students listened to Goin teach the introductory class, Advice for a Happy Life , based on the teachings of Atisha, a spiritual guide from India. Goin taught on contentment, the third class of a six-part series. “Contentment is happy acceptance of any circumstance we are experiencing. We all want to feel good, to have happiness and contentment. Often we think, ‘I’m a good person. I don’t kick puppies. Why do bad things happen to me?’ It is because of Karma.” Goin said once the students understand Karma, they can understand how the world works and become content. “Karma is built up over multiple lifetimes as you make decisions and later feel the effect of these previous actions. What happens to us is the result of these countless lives before us. Often thousands of years can pass before we will feel the effects of our previous actions. Here lies the key to contentment. If the things you desire do not come, it is due to Karma a long time ago. So keep a happy and relaxed mind. If we are unhappy about someone who is yelling at us, we might as well be unhappy at the tide of the ocean. If we are mad that someone swindled us, we might as well be mad at clouds that bring rain. If you experience praise or blame, if you are poor or have abundant resources, you can be content knowing, I just created the Karma to experience this.”

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4 Comments

  1. Without getting personal, there is something decidedly un-mystical about a Buddhist teacher named “Jeff”….

  2. D. Goodmanson

    July 18, 2005 at 9:31 am

    It’s all part of the ‘Westernization’ of Buddhism. 🙂

  3. Well, I dunno. In my mind, the image of an authentic Buddha (or even a genuine budding Buddha) would project humility, and be free of an immoderate degree of self-importance. Given the offering of the same teaching, I’d be more prone to trust a “Jeff” than “His Most Radiant Embodiment of Benevolence, Truth, and Wisdom, the Venerable Paranandasana.”

  4. Dear Dharma friends,

    Seven Mahayana sutras, previously unavailable in the English language, are posted on the website at http://www.sutrasmantras.info. This website does not represent a Buddhist group, but is intended to serve all Buddhist students if they are not forbidden by their group to study the Buddha’s teachings on a website. Would you please share this website with your Sangha members? Thanks and wishing you Dharma joy,

    Sincerely,
    Dharma Learner

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