>Buddhism but also karma,As a long time Buddhist myself, I feel I might clarify somewhat the term
>from Buddhism and other eastern religions,
>which influences but doesn't truly determine
'karma', which might sound exotic to some but is actually quite
straightforward; it refers to the immutable principle of cause and effect, ie
all events have preceding cause or causes, all events have subsequent
consequences. But yes it is true, as jan points out, karma does not determine
choices per se, but it does powerfully influences them by shaping the
situation in which those choices will be made.
As for the Buddhist understanding of evil, which is considered basically a
stubborn ignorance of 'good' I will pass over that larger subject for now,
except to say briefly that there is not a sense in Buddhism of being
'punished' for misdeeds, but rather their consequences will naturally create
suffering, sooner or later.( And 'good deeds' having good karma, conversely
bring future benefit). Also, "hell" is created by the mind,(and so is unique
for each individual in some sense) and has no inherent existance outside of
mind and its projections, which are nonetheless very 'real' to each
individual's experience.Mmmm I could go on with this theme, but enough for
- In a message dated 6/15/2002 12:59:41 PM Central Daylight Time, odzer@...
> As a long time Buddhist myself, I feel I might clarify somewhat the termFascinating! I know--I begin to sound like Mr. Spock. But all this wisdom,
> 'karma', which might sound exotic to some but is actually quite
all this knowledge, all this talent gives me great joy. Anything that expands
the horizons also stretches the soul.
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