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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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.
"Everything I know about Buddhism - and it's a fair amount - comes from my Burmese mother, but even she would have been impressed with Jinananda's intelligent encapsulation of one of the world's great religions into a mere 78 minutes." (The Guardian)
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