General Concepts of Karma

Happiness comes solely from positive or virtuous acts.

Suffering comes only from negative or harmful actions.

Since virtuous and harmful actions ripen inevitably in this way,

I should adopt some actions and abandon others.

Whether my actions are virtuous or negative,

at the time of the causal act,

what I do may be minor.

But at the time of ripening of the act,

the result may increase in magnitude.

The smallest increases are a hundred or a thousand-fold.

The largest increases are immeasurable.

Therefore, giving up negative acts and adopting positive ones is essential.

If I do not take steps to repair harmful actions committed,

the imprints of those acts will not diminish in the least

until the action ripens fully as an effect.

If I have not done something,

it is impossible for the corresponding karma to arise in y continuum.

Therefore, it is vital to be careful

about what I do and what I avoid.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to General Concepts of Karma

  1. Yue-han Su says:

    It’s clearly ideal to cease generating negative karma, but I wonder if it is possible to live without doing any harm. Even if we develop the discipline to forsake gross immorality, we may still inadvertently cause some distress or pain to other people or creatures simply by living on this earth. Seems like a dilemma.

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      All karma (action) requires an actor, an action, and an object. When ‘we’ realize (not merely understand conceptually, but actually experience the reality of emptiness), there is no actor, no action, and no object.

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