While the concepts of rebirth and some version of karma are found in many cultures, this short, informative recording focuses primarily on the Buddhist tradition. Jinananda explains how karma works and, more importantly, why misfortunes in this life do not necessarily imply wicked acts in a past life. Particularly fascinating are the remarkable recorded accounts of memories being transferred from dying men to small children half a country away. Jinananda is an excellent reader of his own work. He is clearly invested in the text, and his calm, intelligent tone makes the sometimes-mind-bending theories perfectly clear. This is a well-executed introduction to the Buddhist tradition of karma. At the very least, it will get listeners thinking.
Buddhist teacher and writer Jinananda considers the history, the tradition, and the more contemporary view on karma and rebirth: a controversial and largely misunderstood topic.
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Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)
I admit that sometimes I get annoyed with Buddhism's fascination with riddle questions that may or may not have an answer. I'm too lazy to research if these questions actually started with Buddha, or if it came about as a result of people making a religion and trying to come up with something of their own to add to it.
As soon as those riddle stories started showing up in the narrative, I remembered how annoyed I got with them all over again. So, while I did learn something, the addition of Buddhist religious mind-bender stories made me feel less enthusiastic about listening to and caring about what this researcher had to share.
A Wonderful World
Quite fulfilling considering its length. More books should say as much in so few words. Every "Buddhist" should read and consider what is being said here.
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