That is why the industrial agriculture and meat industry can exist. It is due to a basic experience of discernment and independence that violence in any form grows. That thinking does not allow us to see ourselves as part of a larger and interdependent whole, but creates a world where we feel separate from other people and everything else alive. It is a thought pattern that appeals to our fears and greed, which has defined the world in purely economic terms, builds on the idea of eternal growth and profit, and which constantly brings us to battle against others and nature.
Karma is not a fixed pattern, or fatalistic view, rather by changing our patterns today we can become a different kind of person tomorrow, we can change our behavior and hence our future.
A mindfulness teacher and executive coach discusses some of the current challenges facing the development of mindfulness and how to integrate a deeper meaning and practice that is consistent with Buddha’s path.