How To Change Your Karma

This is the second presentation regarding the processes that create dukkha.  The talk recorded on February 14, 2024 reviewed the characteristics of craving and clinging.  This talk provides a review of a key concept of Buddhist psychology, paticca samuppada, translated as dependent origination.  Peter explains how ignorance and unwholesome karmic influences generate craving and clinging with an extensive description of the 12 links of what he calls contingent provisional emergence, a more contemporary understanding of paticca samuppada.  The talk includes ways to investigate the dependent origination link called “feeling” in ways that produce wholesome karmic results.  The review is followed by several follow-up questions from those participating in the talk.

It is recommended that those listening to the talk read the extensive notes and graphic illustration that accompanies the talk:  HOW TO CHANGE YOUR KARMA

This talk was preceded by this recording: “Guided Dependent Origination Contemplation”, which is posted in the archives for this site.

The next scheduled Dharma talk will provide a review of the Third Noble Truth, liberation from dukkha.


Guided Dependent Origination Contemplation

This guided meditation is intended to accompany the Dharma talk of February 14, 2024 that focuses on the important Buddhist concept of paticca samuppada, dependent origination.  During the meditation, it is suggested the meditator investigate how the mind is drawn away from the neutral feeling tone associated with breath sensations by craving and clinging, creating the unwholesome karmic experience of dukkha.  When a person can accept a feeling, either pleasant or unpleasant, as just an impersonal condition of the mind, new karma is formed that furthers the process of Awakening.


2023 Deerhaven Fall Retreat–Contingent Origination Review

A core principle of Buddhist psychology is paticca samuppada, dependent origination.  During this talk, an alternative translation is offered–contingent provisional emergence–which incorporates contemporary scientific and psychological understandings of this important concept for understanding how karma forms and how it can be changed through diligent and mindful clear knowledge of what arises and passes away in consciousness.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  CONTINGENT PROVISIONAL EMERGENCE AND KARMA


Dependent Origination And Emptiness

During this talk, Peter Carlson reviews the key Buddhist teaching on dependent origination as it is associated with another important concept, emptiness, which has frequently been misunderstood.  During the discussion, contemporary scientific and psychological information that fosters more clarity about the topics are presented.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk, which provide a more extensive review of the various aspects of emptiness from a contemporary scientific as well as the traditional perspective:  Contingent Provisional Emergence As Emptiness


Reviewing Mindfulness of Feelings and Dependent Origination

This talk first focuses on reviewing the Second Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Feelings; the second focus is on a core concept of Buddhist psychology, Dependent Origination, within which mindfulness of feelings plays a key role.  Peter Carlson provides a contemporary rendition of dependent origination, Contingent Provisional Emergence, which describes the ancient concept using more contemporary psychological terminology.

There are two sets of notes accompanying this talk:  MINDFULNESS OF FEELINGS and Understanding Contingent Provisional Emergence

There is a guided meditation posted on this site intended to complement the contents of this talk: Guided Mindfulness of Feelings Contemplation

Next week’s talk will review the Third Foundation of Mindfulness, Mindfulness of the Mind