Buddhism says that sometimes people die young because of their karma, sometimes people become millionaires because of their karma, and sometimes people get sick because of their karma. This talk is about good and evil cloning and how to solve the world’s problems. Karma is the cause and effect of your actions, so don’t blame others for the situation you’re in. You can do something about it right now. There is no one answer to the question of who is the happiest person in the world. Everyone’s happiness is unique and depends on their own individual circumstances. However, some general things that may contribute to happiness include having good relationships with others, having meaningful work, and having a sense of purpose in life. Sometimes we look at the inequalities in the world and perceive them as being unfair. But is it really unjust after all? Instead, we can see that these things are just a result of karma from the past, and that we have a lot of opportunities to grow and learn compassion, wisdom and endurance if we make use of the situations we are in.
This dhamma talk was originally recorded using a low quality MP3 to save on file size (because internet connections were slow back then – remember dialup?) on 3rd January 2003. It has now been remastered and published by the Everyday Dhamma Network, and will be of interest to his many fans.
These talks by Ajahn Brahm have been recorded and made available for free distribution by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. You can support the Buddhist Society of Western Australia by pledging your support via their Patreon page.