Level 5: Karma

Get to know karma as a tool for transformation to improve your life experience

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What You’ll Gain in Level 5: Karma

Find freedom in the laws of cause and effect

Differentiate fate vs karma and craft your future

Release any lingering guilt and shame

Note your mistakes and embrace a clear path forward

Dismantle unhelpful habitual patterns

Unwind the 12 links of dependent origination

Embrace the fullness of the human realm

Bring mindfulness to moment-to-moment rebirth

Prerequisites for this course: Level 1 through Level 4: The Three Trainings

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The 5th Stage in Your Journey to Liberation

In Level 5: Karma, we explore the structure that keeps us trapped in a cyclic existence as a means of understanding how to break free from it. The teachings on karma and the 12 links of dependent origination further highlight the power of the mind over our life experience. We see it’s possible to be reborn, moment-by-moment, into a healthier place.

  • Trust that all you experience is helping you open your heart
  • Stop creating negative karma and purify effects of past actions
  • See how your meditation practice creates a karmic intervention
  • Trust the gap that opens before action and lean into that space
  • Use the framework of 6 realms to identify skillful mental states
  • Begin to unwind the misperception at the center of your reality

Ways to Get Started

Whether you take the levels one-by-one, purchase the Journey course bundle or gain full access to all our courses with a Premium Membership, our progressive online courses will inspire your progress on your path.

Level 5: Karma


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Overcome habitual patterns to disrupt the flow of karma and give birth to a new way of being

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Your Level 5 Mind Trainers

Get to know the dharma teachers and meditation experts who will lead you to new possibilities as you progress on your Journey of Liberation.

Trungram Gyalwa, PhD, Internationally Renowned Meditation Master & Scholar

Trungram Gyalwa, PhD

Internationally Renowned Buddhist Master & Scholar

Lama Jampa Thaye, Meditation Master and Scholar

Lama Jampa Thaye, PhD

Meditation Master and Buddhist Scholar

Bart Mendel is the architect of Mindworks progressive meditation system.

Bart Mendel

Founder and Chief Meditation Officer

Khaydroup Podvoll is a Mind Trainer on Mindworks who teaches the benefits of being in the present moment

Khaydroup Podvoll

Contemplative Practitioner, Meditator & Teacher

Khenpo Dharma Mitra, a respected meditation practitioner and teacher

Khenpo Dharma Mitra

Meditation & Buddhist Philosophy Teacher

Sara-Mai Conway is a Buddhist writer who bases her writings and teachings on her Buddhist practice and experience

Sara-Mai Conway

Writer and Meditation Instructor

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