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The 5 Stages:
1 - Accumulation Stage Stage
A) - The Basic Requirements
B) - Developing Intention
C) - Developing Confidence
D) - Developing Effort & Enthusiasm
E) - Developing Alertness & Awareness
i - Study, Contemplation, and Meditation
ii - Mindfulness Meditation (Shamata)
iii - The Importance of Prayer & Ritual
iv - Mindfulness, Contemplations & Practice
1 - Mindfulness of the Body
2 - Mindfulness of Feelings
3 - Mindfulness of Mind
4 - Mindfulness of Phenomena
a) - Completing Karma

b) - The Buddhist Cosmos

c) - Throwing Karma

d) - Opponent Powers

e) - Completing the Accumulation Stage



2 - Preparation Stage Stage
3 - Insight Stage Stage
4 - Meditation Stage Stage
5 - Perfection Stage Stage

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OUR OWN ROLE IN OUR KARMA (Throwing Karma)
Taking Control of our Thought, Speech, and Action.


The Value of shamata or Calm-Awareness meditation is that we begin to become aware of the very beginning of thoughts and feelings. We begin to notice the space in which our thought, speech, and action take place. Normally, because of fear or confusion arising from our experience of this space, we try to quickly fill in any gaps in our experience. Once we become comfortable with this space and recognize it as a part of ourselves, then we can use this perception of space to take more control of our reactions to the world around us.

As we've seen from our discussion of Individual Karma, Karma has to do with our tendencies; with how we get caught up in the impulses that we have in relation to the things, feelings, perceptions, etc that we experience. In the initial moments of thought, there is a tendency to think a certain way, to view and perceive things in a certain way, and to feel a certain way. We then act or speak based on those impulses, feelings and perceptions. These impulses or tendencies arise because of reinforced impulses that are the result of how we have dealt with similar impulses or experiences in the past, or how we have seen others deal in a similar way with similar experiences. Our choice to follow these impulses or follow different impulses is what is called our Throwing Karma which becomes the karma that projects us into future circumstances.

Karma has been translated in English in the past as Cause and Effect, but Cause and Effect is very linear. An example is to say If you kill someone, you will go to hell ('A' leads to 'B'). But Karma doesn't really act in that manner. Karma is actually about reinforcing certain views, reinforcing certain thoughts, feelings, and perceptions, reinforcing types of speech, and reinforcing our tendencies to act in certain ways. So Karma is very much about tendencies, influences, and temptations. It's about impulses and which ones we follow and which ones we ignore.

We have so far learned that our Karma is very individual. There are a wide variety of choices that we can make. Regardless of outside influences, the final choice of paying attention to these influences is our own. Because we make many choices from moment to moment, over many moments, our final accumulation of choices can be very different from anyone elses. Because of the variety of possible choices and the fact that we have the final say in our choice of action, our Karma is completely individual.

Although our Karma is very individual, there are certain things that can influence that individual karma. This includes our tendencies from the past and the environment and situations that we find ourselves in which are the results or Completing Karma arising from our previous choices (our throwing karma). Also, there are the influences and pressures that come from the groups that we become involved with. We can end up accepting the attitudes and actions of the group, or making assumptions about reality based on the assumptions of those around us.

Also, Karma is often presented as the dichotomy between good karma and bad karma. There has been a tendency amomg modern spiritual practitioners to say that there is no good and bad, to say that we should only think positive thoughts, and that we should not judge. This can create many problems and creates a kind of no-man's-land in our minds. It creates a kind of dullness and a lack of analysis, which actually stunts discovery and understanding. We need to look more closely at the nature of suffering, like studying a disease to find the cure. We need to examine our own role in our own suffering. We need to delve into our own nature and the nature of the world around us. All of this takes study, analysis, reflection, and judgement.

So, what determines whether something is good or bad. That depends on our goals and objectives. If I want to make a million dollars, there a certain behaviours that are good and other ones that are bad. If I want to be a professional tennis player, there are certain things that I can do that will get me there. These are good actions. Actions that block or prevent me are bad. This means that good and bad are relative. So, as we all have heard, good and bad are relative, therefore based on that idea, what do we mean by good and bad karma?

The goals of Buddhist practice are to discover and eliminate the causes of suffering, to gain mastery over our reality, and to gain the ability to help others do the same. Therefore good thought, speech, and action will help us accomplish these goals and bad thought, speech, and action are those that hide the causes of suffering, increase suffering, lead to confusion about reality, and harm others or decrease our ability to help others.

Therefore, things that reinforce an incomplete view of reality, that reinforce our attachment, aversion, and indifference and the longing, attachment, fear, anger, doubt and confusion that arise from them are bad because they lead to increased suffering or perpetuate suffering. Thought, speech, and action that reinforces a complete view of reality which results in renunciation, compassion, and understanding and the contentment, patience, and confidence that arise from them are good because they remove suffering and increase peace and joy.

Each time that a Karma is created there are 5 aspects of that Karma that affect the strength and intensity of the results. The first is the Object of the action, the second is the Motivation behind the action, third is the actual Action itself, fourth is the end Result of that action, and fifth is the resulting Feeling. We can remember these aspects by thinking of OMARF. The strength or weakness of each of these different aspects increases or decreases the overall strength of these Karmas and their results.

The Object and our View of the object is the first aspect. This has to do with whether we see the object, which could be an object, situation, or another being, as a part of our world or separate from it. Do we perceive the conditions that lead this object to be a part of our experience or not. How do we relate to the qualities of the object? How does this object fit into our existence? Do we perceive the differences, the similarities or both.

This also includes our perception of the object as beneficial, harmful, or neutral.

Second is our Motivation towards the object. This also relates to our feelings about it. This can be seen in terms of desire, hatred, or Indifference or Like, Dislike, and Don't Care. This relates to our desire to posess an object, eliminate or avoid an object or ignore it.

Third is our Action towards the object based on our Motivation. The question here is, "Does our action satisfy our desire, whether the desire is harmful or beneficial?"

Next is the Results of our action. Do the results support our goals a little or a lot? Do the results reinforce suffering or help eliminate it? As an example, there is a difference in killing something by accident and killing something while deliberately inflicting pain. The degree of intention involved and the extremeness of the result all determine how strong or how weak the effect is. If we try to kill something and it escapes, the result for us is not as severe as if we try to kill something and succeed. If we perform a big act of generosity that makes matters worse, the effect is not as good as that of a small act of generosity that provides a great benefit.

Finally there is the Feeling that comes from the results of our actions. This involves discovering which actions we rejoice in and which actions we regret. If we rejoice in a negative or harmful action, when the next opportunity to perform a similar action arises, the chances will be strong that we will repeat that action. If we experience regret at an act of generosity, the odds are that we will be less likely to give if a similar situation arises in the future.

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A COMPLETE VIEW OF REALITY AND OUR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING



Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Right View
 
Wrong View
The object is both our external and internal realities.
Object
The object is both our external and internal realities.
The motivation is to see things as they actually exist.
Motivation
The motivation for wrong views is to see things as we would like them to be, instead of how they actually are.
The action is to view what we perceive as impermanent, unable to provide lasting satisfaction, interdependent, and without a permanent self.
Action
The action is to resist the notion of impermanence, therefore craving permanence; resisting unsatisfactoriness and therefore craving external satisfaction; resisting interdependence and thereby craving independence and resisting selflessness and as a result, seeking self fulfillment from outside.
The result is the strengthening of the realistic view of reality.
Result
The result is the reinforcing of the incorrect view of reality which increases the separation between self and other and increases unrealistic expectations from reality.
The feeling of joy that comes maintaining a realistic view and experiencing joy and less suffering as a result, reinforces that correct view.
Feeling
Through acceptance of this view, we end up reinforcing the misguided view of reality, and automatically begin to view ALL aspects of the world accordingly and end up feeling that there is no other alternative view possible.



What often gets lost in describing virtues and non-virtues is the reason why these acts are considered virtuous or not. All non-virtues stem from mistaken or incomplete viewpoints. Indulging in these non-virtuous actions reinforces these incorrect views of reality. The same is true of virtues. Regardless of the reasons that we might believe we act on them, virtuous actions ultimately support and reinforce a complete view of reality.

In every situation, there is Good, Bad, and Neutral as well as Abundance, Lack, and Balance. Recognizing that these 5 forces exist in all situations is an aspect of Complete Viewpoint. What normally happens is that we focus on one or two of these aspects and ignore the others. It is through this process that dissatisfaction, frustration, and confusion arise. It is because of this focus on a small part of the larger picture that longing and attachment, fear and anger, and doubt, and indifference take hold of our minds and influence our thought, speech, and action.

If we start with a Complete view of our world, then this leads to a sense of Joy, Peace, and Clarity. These tend to provoke in us the contentment, non-attachment, patience, compassion, confidence, and understanding that lead to virtuous actions. An Incomplete view of our world leads to our sense of dissatisfaction, frustration, and confusion which then leads to the longing, attachment, fear, anger, doubt, confusion, and indifference that prompts us to commit non-virtue. The chart below outlines this connection between view and action.

COMPLETE VIEW
INCOMPLETE VIEW
LEADS TO:
Joy, Peace, and Clarity. Dissatisfaction, Frustration, and Confusion.
LEADS TO:
Contentment, Non-Attachment, Patience, Compassion, Confidence, and Understanding. Longing, Attachment, Fear, Anger, Doubt, Confusion, and Indifference.
LEADS TO:
Virtuous Speech and Action:

Truthful Speech
Encouraging Speech
Reconciling Speech
Purposeful Speech
Moral Actions
Generosity
Protecting Life
Non-virtuous Speech and Action:

Lying
Abuse
Slander
Gossip
Immoral Behaviour
Stealing
Killing


We are trying to have a sense of completeness and get rid of our sense of incompleteness. But we fail to realize that the actions on the side of incomplete view can never give us that sense of completeness. Only actions on the side of complete view can reinforce our sense of wholeness.

We can work at this from both directions. By developing a complete view of reality, we will be motivated to perform virtuous action out of our sense of Joy, Peace, and Understanding. By performing virtuous action, we have the possibility to realize Joy, Peace, and Understanding, which will expose us to a complete view of reality.

The same thing happens on the negative side. Incomplete or partial views of our world lead to Dissatisfaction, Frustration, and Confusion. From these, we perform non-virtues in an attempt to relieve ourselves of these taints. However, the non-virtues only reinforce our tendency to be dissatisfied, frustrated, and confused. This in turn reinforces those misguided views of reality




Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Contentment
 
Craving
The object of contentment is one's current circumstances.
Object
In terms of craving, out of confusion, one looks at one's current circumstances with dissatisfaction or frustration and therefore begins to search outside of ourselves and current circumstances for a method to be satisfied and therefore looks at objects outside of oneself or situations different from one's current situation.
One recognizes that one's current circumstance is the result of past causes and conditions and that, in order to obtain a different set of circumstances, one must create other causes and conditions.
Motivation
Not recognizing that causes and conditions are required for any circumstances to appear, one develops longing for different circumstances or outside objects.
The action is to allow ourselves to experience the feeling of contentment.
Action
The action is to generate longing and the desire to fulfill it.
The result is the strengthening of contentment.
Result
The result is the increase and strengthening of the longing for an outside object or different circumstance.
The feeling is the rejoicing at being content.
Feeling
If one resolves to work towards satisfying one's longing, this strengthens the force of this karma.



Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Patience
 
Fear/Anger
The object is an external situation or another sentient being.
Object
The object is an external situation or another sentient being.
The motive is the recognition that a "negative" circumstance is based on our current goals and values and is the result of causes and conditions that have been created in the past and that only one's current response to the situation can reduce or counteract the negativeness of the situation.
Motivation
Out of desire, one may cling to the previous circumstance or wish to maintain a relationship in its present condition even though the signs of its changing are evident. Out of resistance to the new situation, one either tries to avoid or run away from circumstances (fear), or one tries to fight against the new circumstances (anger & retaliation). One could also try to ignore the signs of the change in circumstances.
The action is the resolve to be patient with the new circumstances until the causes ripen and the situation changes.
Action
The action is to avoid or run away from the new situation or to retaliate and attempt to destroy the new circumstances.
The result is the experience of patience and perseverance.
Result
The result is the complete expression in thought, speech, and action of one's fear or anger.
Rejoicing at patiently enduring the situation will strengthen patience in our minds.
Feeling
The satisfaction of having avoided the situation through fear or overcome the situation through retaliation will strengthen the force of the tendency to deal with future situations through fear or anger.



Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Telling the Truth
 
Lying
The object is any object about which one is asked
Object
The object is any object or situation about which we wish to deceive.
The motivation is to inform someone or to clarify an understanding.
Motivation
From desire for fame or reputation, one will lie to impress others. Out of Anger, one would lie to cause someone harm or ruin their reputation. Through ignorance, one feels that getting what one wants through lying is OK.
Telling the truth in difficult circumstances results in a stronger positive force than being in a situation where it's easy to tell the truth
Action
Any type of deception counts as lying and if the other party experiences any kind of loss, then it counts as stealing as well.
The degree of benefit experienced by others from the truth strengthens the karma.
Result
The degree of harm inflicted on another affects the strength. Once the other parties are fooled then the karma is complete
Satisfaction or joy that you experience from remaining truthful and true to yourself and the situation, strengthens the positive results of this karma.
Feeling
Satisfaction or joy at succeeding in the deception strengthens the tendency to lie to achieve what one wants.
 
 
 


Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Reconciling
 
Slander
The object is two or more people who are in dispute.
Object
The object is two or more people who are friends.
One could reconcile others in order to gain fame or prestige and that would diminish the positiveness of the karma. The best motivation is to promote peace and good relations amongst others.
Motivation
Out of attachment to a friend, one could speak critically of others in order to have the friend to oneself. Out of anger, one could slander others in order to isolate them as revenge. Out of ignorance, one does not realize that we are all interconnected and need each other for many aspects of our lives.
The action is to speak words that resolve discord and promote reconciliation.
Action
The action is to speak truth or lies with the intent to turn friends into enemies.
The successful result would be to resolve the dispute or, at the very least, to heal wounds and restore friendships.
Result
The result would be to succeed in splitting up friends.
A feeling of satisfaction at restoring a friendship will strengthen the force of this karma.
Feeling
The degree of satisfaction that one feels after succeeding in breaking up a friendship will strengthen one's tendency to slander others to get what one wants.

Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Encouraging Speech
 
Abusive speech
The object is another person who is feeling discouraged or depressed.
Object
The object is another person that you feel must be attacked.
The motivation is to alleviate the sadness, discouragement, or depression of this person.
Motivation
Out of greed for a higher status than this person or for greater power than this person, one could use abusive speech. One could also abuse in retaliation for harm done or to pre-empt imagined future harm. Out of ignorance, one would abuse others for entertainment (with its underlying greed for power or higher status).
The action is to speak words that provide encouragement, increase confidence and alleviate fears.
Action
The action is to belittle, insult, critisize the person or deride the person in front of others in order to humiliate them
When the person feels encouraged and confident with reduced fears then the result is complete.
Result
When the person feels diminished in status and humiliated, then the negative result is complete.
The feeling of rejoicing in the person's new-found confidence, strengthens the karmic effect.
Feeling
Satisfaction at having reduced the status of the person or raised one's own status in their eyes and other's eyes completes the force of this negative karma.

Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Purposeful Speech
 
Gossip
The object is people or persons with whom one wishes to share information
Object
The object is people or persons with whom one wishes to share information
The motivation is to inform or to learn from the exchange of information.
Motivation
With idle chatter, the motivation usually relates to entertainment. Not recognizing that our time in this life is short and there is a lot to do in order to be free from the causes of suffering, we spend our time talking about things that have no bearing on our future beyond this lifetime. We can talk because of fear of silence or fear of looking too closely at our lives. We talk out of a desire to acquire friends by entertaining others or we talk to acquire status or reputation.
The action is the actual engaging in speech with purpose.
Action
The action is to participate in speaking for speakings sake or purely for entertainment, status, and to pass the time.
The result is that the message is heard and understood.
Result
The result is that time has passed.
A feeling of satisfaction at the message being received and understood will strengthen the force of this karma.
Feeling
The feeling of enjoyment at the idle conversation increases the likelihood that one would be tempted to participate in idle chatter in the future.


Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Giving
 
Stealing
The Object means recognizing another who is in need or has less than oneself
Object
Here the object is recognizing something that you desire but do not possess.
The best motivation is the desire to improve the condition of another. One could also be motivated by a desire for reputation or a desire to make someone else jealous. This type of motivation would reduce the positive strength of this Karma as well as creating negative karma towards the other person.
Motivation
From desire, one would steal to obtain what one wants. Through Anger one would steal to hurt another's feelings or to harm them. Through ignorance, one would think that one has the right to take whatever one wishes. Lying, cheating and deception are all different forms of stealing.
In both positive and negative Karma, the degree of effort that is put into the action, and the thoroughness of the actions influence the outcome. The degree of benefit to the other influences the positiveness of this karma. If a great benefit is gained from a small gift, then the karma is greater than a small benefit from a large gift.
Action
The degree to which the other person is fooled or deceived, or the degree of harm caused by the loss of the object that is stolen will influence the negative strength of this Karma
When the other person receives the benefit from the gift, then the karma is complete.
Result
Once the object is in one's possession, then the action is complete. If one does not succeed in possessing the object (for instance, if one is caught) then the karma is incomplete.
The degree of satisfaction and joy that is experienced as a result of completion of the act, strengthens the overall results of the Karma. Strong feelings of satisfaction increase the strength of the tendency to repeat such an act, increase the strength of the right view that led to the act, and increase the strength of the positive result that will be experienced in the future.
Feeling
The degree of satisfaction and joy that is experienced as a result of completion of the act, strengthens the overall results of the Karma. Strong feelings of satisfaction increase the strength of the tendency to repeat such an act, increase the strength of the wrong view that led to the act, and increase the strength of the negative result that will be experienced in the future.


Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Morality
 
Sexual Misconduct
The Object means recognizing a relationship that needs support.
Object
Here the object is recognizing a relationship that you desire but that belongs to another.
The best motivation is the desire to improve the relationship of another.
Motivation
From desire, one would enter a relationship to obtain what one wants regardless of other relationship commitments involved. Through Anger one would enter a relationship to hurt another's feelings or divide two people. Through ignorance, one would think that one has the right to do whatever one wishes regardless of others' feelings.
The degree of benefit to the other influences the positiveness of this karma. If one works towards reconciling the affected parties, then one's karma is greater.
Action
The degree to which the other person is fooled or deceived, or the degree of harm caused will influence the negative strength of this Karma
When the relationships are strengthened through your speech or action, then the karma is strengthened.
Result
Once the other relationship is broken, then the action is complete. If one does not succeed in breaking the other relationship then the karma is not as complete.
The degree of satisfaction and joy that is experienced as a result of completion of the act, strengthens the overall results of the Karma. Strong feelings of satisfaction increase the strength of the tendency to repeat such an act, increase the strength of the right view that led to the act, and increase the strength of the positive result that will be experienced in the future.
Feeling
The degree of satisfaction and joy that is experienced as a result of completion of the act, strengthens the overall results of the Karma. Strong feelings of satisfaction increase the strength of the tendency to repeat such an act, increase the strength of the wrong view that led to the act, and increase the strength of the negative result that will be experienced in the future.


Good Karma
Aspect
Bad Karma
Sustaining & Protecting Life
 
Killing
The Object means recognizing another being in danger of losing their life or in need of sustenance or help
Object
Here the object is recognizing something that is a threat or that you wish eliminated.
The best motivation is the desire to protect another's life. One could also be motivated by a desire for reputation. This second type of motivation would then reduce the postive strength of this Karma. A feeling of strong empathy would strengthen this Karma.
Motivation
From desire, one would kill for food or to protect another's life. Through Anger one would kill for revenge. Through ignorance, one would kill thinking it's a virtue. If one killed without these feelings, then the force of the Karma would not be as strong.
In both positive and negative Karma, the degree of effort that is put into the action, and the thoroughness of the action influences the outcome.
Action
Examples of very negative actions are boiling animals alive. The degree of suffering inflicted strengthens the negativity of the karma involved.
If one succeeds in protecting another's life or providing support, then the karma is strong. If unsuccessful, then the karma is weakened.
Result
If one does not succeed in taking another's life, then the karma is reduced. If the other being dies before you, then the karma is more complete.
The degree of satisfaction and joy that is experienced as a result of completion of the act, strengthens the overall results of the Karma. Strong feelings of satisfaction increase the strength of the tendency to repeat such an act, increase the strength of the right view that led to the act, and increase the strength of the positive result that will be experienced in the future.
Feeling
The degree of satisfaction and joy that is experienced as a result of completion of the act, strengthens the overall results of the Karma. Strong feelings of satisfaction increase the strength of the tendency to repeat such an act, increase the strength of the wrong view that led to the act, and increase the strength of the negative result that will be experienced in the future.




The Results of Throwing Karma:

If we follow through with a tendency to its complete conclusion, this strengthens the force of that tendency as well as increases the likelihood that this tendency will arise again in our minds in the future. Most of the time, our reactions to different circumstances merely follows these habitual tendencies which then reinforces, over and over again, the possibility that we will react the same way in all future similar situations. This is why it is called Throwing Karma.

This is why we end up stuck in certain situations without much apparent hope of extricating ourselves from this misery. These emotional forces then propel us to act according to the patterns we have developed over lifetime after lifetime. This is usually called "the result that agrees with the cause of the act".

Emotional Forces for Negative Actions:

If we think that we have nothing to learn, or that we know everything we need to know, or that Spiritual goals and ideals are not valuable, then we will ignore them or reject any opportunity to be exposed to these ideas or become involved in any type of spiritual investigation. Therefore, the result is that, we will have no inclination whatsoever for studying or learning about these things. The distance between us and spiritual understanding therefore increases each time we choose to reject or ignore the investigation of spiritual issues. This is the result that agrees with the cause of the act that comes from holding wrong or incomplete views.

If we spend much of our time talking about superficial things or gossip, then this too becomes a habit and we will tend to only speak superficially and become uncomfortable speaking more intimately or speaking on more critical topics. If we speak constantly in an abusive or critical manner, we will tend to criticize everything, whether the criticism is well founded or not. These all come from not understanding or ignoring the interconnectedness of ourselves and the world around us and not recognizing the importance of the effects of our thought, speech, and action.

For Craving, Greed, or Dissatisfaction to arise, one has to have great desires and be in a continual state of longing. In terms of lying, over time, one is constantly tempted to lie. We begin to feel that we can only get what we want by lying or deceiving others. In the case of Stealing, we end up having the tendency to steal or cheat to get what we want. With Sexual misconduct, we are always dissatisfied with our own spouse and constantly think of others. We end up believing that getting what we want is more important than maintaining good relationships with others.

With Anger and Frustration, we end up angry and frustrated by nature. We are either always angry or easy to anger or always see the negative quality of things. As for Causing Disharmony, we get to the point where we are always causing disruptions between people; we are always looking for an argument. With Harsh Language, we tend to always speak harshly, we end up deriving pleasure from insulting others. In the case of Killing, we have the tendency to enjoy killing and we find that taking life is very casual and easy.

Placement Meditation:

We need to recognize these tendencies and realize that their strength comes from the influence of our choice of object, motivation, action, result, and feeling that accompanied these negative actions. We need to reflect on the negative aspects of any object we feel like committing non-virtue to obtain. We need to think of the positive qualities of any objects we try to harm and we need to think about the importance of any situations, objects or beings that we tend to treat with indifference.

We need to try to reduce our longing, attachment, fear, anger, doubt, and confusion while we are watching ourselves commit these negative acts.

We need to try to avoid completing any negative action, and try to minimize the negative results.

Finally, we need to develop regret for our negative action and shame that our tendencies to commit such actions is so strong that we have trouble resisting them.

Practicing counteracting these 5 aspects will eventually reduce the force of our negative throwing Karma and therefore our tendencies to perform these acts will disappear.

EMOTIONAL FORCES FOR POSITIVE KARMAS:

When we recognize how viewing the world as transitory, unable to satisfy, interdependent and selfless results in our eliminating suffering, then we will see the value and benefit of a Complete viewpoint and the result which agrees with the cause is that we will therefore enjoy studying and investigating spiritual questions which expound on this viewpoint. When idle talk is abandoned and our speech is meaningful, we are comfortable with silence and tend to only speak for a purpose. We will not use abusive language with others as we will recognize them as our companions and teachers on the spiritual path.

When we develop contentment, we tend to always be content with our possessions and easily find satisfaction. When lies are abandoned, and truth spoken, we tend to enjoy telling the truth and dislike or have great difficulty in telling lies and deceiving others. When morals are protected, we tend to enjoy good relationships with others and tend to work harder to maintain good relationships. When we have developed generosity, the result which agrees with the cause of the act is that we take joy in giving and sharing with others.

When we have developed loving-kindness, we tend to always desire to help others. When we become the agent for reconciliation, the result which agrees with the cause of the act is that we will always like agreement. When we speak softly or gently, we will tend to enjoy gentle talk and have an agreeable and kind nature. When we learn to protect life then we will have a tendency to save lives, even of small insects, and be abhorred by killing.

Placement Meditation:

Each time we experience these positive tendencies, we need to take these opportunities to strengthen the tendencies by ensuring we have a good motivation from the outset, then performing the actions they reflect, ensuring a positive result, and rejoicing at our positive action. If we are tempted to give something, we should give, so that the temptation increases. If we are tempted to protect a life, we should not hesitate and do what we need to, in order to save that being.

By deliberately rejoicing in these actions, we will further increase our tendencies to be tempted by virtuous deeds.
 
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