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PAST – Skype Lecture: The Law of Karma, part 1 (July 16, 2017 | Sunday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: The Law of Karma. This is a repeat lecture of the one from July 13, 2017.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: July 16, 2017 | 3:30pm –  4:30pm (Philippine Time)

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PAST – Skype Lecture: Basics of Buddhism (July 16, 2017 | Sunday)

Buddhist teacher Sumie will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: The Basics of Buddhis, What does Buddhism teach and why should we listen to it.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: July 16, 2017 | 1:00pm –  2:30pm (Philippine Time)

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PAST – Skype Lecture: Attaining True and Lasting Happiness (July 15, 2017 | Saturday)

Buddhist teacher Alice will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: Attaining True and Lasting Happiness

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: July 15, 2017 | 1:00pm –  2:00pm (Philippine Time)

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PAST – Skype Lecture: The Law of Cause and Effect (July 13, 2017 | Thursday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: The Law of Cause and Effect.

There is no effect that happens without a cause; and wherever there is a cause, an effect will always follow. To put it simply, seeds not planted will never grow; seeds planted will never fail to grow.

Buddhism, in particular, teaches us in detail about the matter that concerns us the most, which is the relationship between the cause and the effect of our fate or destiny.

Learn about the Law from the beginning in this talk.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: July 13, 2017 | 8:00pm –  9:00pm (Philippine Time)

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PAST – Skype Lecture: The Purpose of Life, part 2: Understanding the Root of Suffering (July 06, 2017 | Thursday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: The Purpose of Life – Understanding the Root Cause of Suffering.

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: July 06, 2017 | 8:00pm –  9:00pm (Philippine Time)

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PAST – Skype Lecture: The Purpose of Life in Buddhism (June 22, 2017 | Thursday)

Buddhist teacher Frank will give a live lesson on Buddhism via Skype on the topic: The Purpose of Life

Lecture is free and newcomers are welcome.

Where: SKYPE (Message Skype ID: frank.costelloe)

When: June 22, 2017 | 8:00pm – 8:45pm (Philippine Time)

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The Law of Cause and Effect 2 (CONDITION)

The Law of Cause and Effect is actually The Law of Cause, Condition and Effect (Read here first about The Law of Cause and Effect for its detailed discussion). It states that for every Cause (action or deed) – regardless of its nature, there will be a corresponding inescapable Effect (result), and that our Own Causes will only give us our Own Effects.

Good Fate/Destiny < Good Actions | Bad Fate/Destiny < Bad Actions | Own Fate/Destiny < Own Actions

The CONDITION is what happens in between the Cause and Effect. This cannot eliminate the Effect but only affect the manner it is manifested. So the complete chart will be like something below:

Law of Cause Condition Effect

Take for example the cherry blossoms, they blossom every spring but during winter you see nothing but withered-looking trees. The tree has that energy or ability (CAUSE) to produce flowers (EFFECT) but this depends on the weather (CONDITION).

In our lives, our parents and partners are examples of Conditions that brings out the Effect of a past Cause. Living as a cruel and violent person in the past may birth us into an unloving and poor family but there are many such families out there why were you born into that specific family?

CAUSE: Living as a cruel and violent person in the past
EFFECT: Born into an unloving and poor family
CONDITION: Your parents / family

You could have been born to different parents where the Bad Effect is worse. Maybe aside from being an unloving and poor family they also live in a country at war.

The Law of Cause (,Condition) and Effect is also called The Law of Karma. It is inescapable. No Condition will make us escape our Karma, it only affects the manner of its manifestation.