K is for Karma

In the western world Karma is more understood as the saying “what goes around comes around”. In scientific terms it is the law of cause and effect.

Here in Asia Karma is a popular Buddhist teaching that stressed that “for every event that occurs, there will follow another event whose existence was caused by the first, and this second event will be pleasant or unpleasant according as its cause was skillful or unskillful.’

A skillful event is one that is not accompanied by craving, resistance or delusions; an unskillful event is one that is accompanied by any one of those things. (Events are not skillful in themselves, but are so called only in virtue of the mental events that occur with them.)

Therefore, the law of Karma teaches that responsibility for unskillful actions is born by the person who commits them.

Karma is the law of moral causation and is a fundamental doctrine in Buddhism.

In this world nothing happens to a person that he does not for some reason or other deserve. Usually, men of ordinary intellect cannot comprehend the actual reason or reasons. The definite invisible cause or causes of the visible effect is not necessarily confined to the present life, they may be traced to a proximate or remote past birth.

In other words, it is the result of our own past actions and our own present doings. We ourselves are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We create our own Heaven. We create our own Hell. We are the architects of our own fate.

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Above Photo was taken during my solo trip in Hong Kong at Lantau Island. The Giant Bronze Buddah.

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  1. Hi there,
    Nice entry about Karma, enlightening too. Also, thank you for your openness about your daughter’s autism in a previous blog. All children are a treasure and gift to be loved and nutured. Your daughter has a treasure in you.

  2. Hi! Thank you for commenting on my Key post for ABC Wednesday. It is nice to have new visitors. I liked your Karma post.

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