Karma: part one

One of the many words from Indian philosophy that has found its way into modern English, the concept of karma is often equated with a kind of fatalistic good (or bad) fortune. Our conversation today covers a lot of ground, from popular (mis)conceptions of what karma means to the relationship of karma to reincarnation and Buddhist conceptions of morality, to how karma is generated through actions of body, speech, and mind. And we don’t even talk about Sharon Stone — yet! You’ll have to check back later in the month for that!

Also, a couple of books mentioned in this episode are Robinson and Johnson’s The Buddhist Religion, and Santideva’s classic, the Bodhicaryavatara.