The Paradox of Intention: Not-self AND Driving Karma and Life Orientation

Apr 16, 2021

This week we will examine intention or volition; that aspect of mind that powers action determines karma. We will explore the not-self nature of intentions, and look at how intentions are everything in terms of action, behavior and karma. It is impossible to explore intention without delving into karma. Next, we will explore how intentions develop into our orientation or aim. What do you value the most? What is most important to you? These important questions build on intention. Life orientation is different from a goal to be attained in the future. When we set a goal, we set up a standard that we want to meet in the future. This sets us up for struggle with the present moment. Orientation is about looking deeply at you what you value and how your intention feed into that. Without this guiding our practice we just wander aimlessly.