How Karma Works

All Buddhist practices are based upon the laws of karma, and so it is crucial to understand thoroughly how karma works to succeed in any and every Buddhist path. This Course is based upon the Treasure House of Higher Knowledge (Abhidharma Kosha) by Master Vasubandhu (350 AD), along with its commentary by the First Dalai Lama. Topics include:

  • the definition and nature of karma

  • good, bad and neutral karma

  • karma of body, speech, and mind

  • the definition of virtue and non-virtue

  • projecting and finishing karma

  • karmic consequences

  • how karma is carried

  • how emptiness allows karma to function

  • karmic paths

  • the five immediate misdeeds

  • how to make a karmic result powerful

  • the purification of karma. 

This is course 5 of the 18 Buddhist Foundation Courses offered by the Asian Classics Institute (ACI) at Three Jewels. ACI provides 18 courses that progress through the entire teachings of the Buddhist path to enlightenment in the Hinayana and Mahayana schools. The courses are provided generously by Geshe Michael Roach, who translated a large body of texts from Tibetan, and condensed a quarter century's worth of study into a 5 year, drop-in course complete with homework and quizzes. Drop in every once in a while, or complete coursework for a certificate. All courses are offered free of charge.

Tuesdays | 7:30 - 9:30PM

$25 suggested drop-in | included with membership


Jee Chang has been a dedicated student of the Dharma for over a decade, and has completed the entire ACI course of study under John Stillwell. She is the founder of UME, a socially conscious force for good which provides brand guidance, inspiration, and education for all women; from thought leaders in NYC to those aspiring to change the narrative in developing countries. Jee brings her practice into the world as an elegant, modern, and relatable inspiration.