PERFECT TEACHER EXPLAINS KARMA
are 3 types karma:
- karma created
in this life which results are experienced in this life
- karma created
in this life which results are experienced in the next life
- karma created
in this life and which results are experienced after many
is repeatedly done becomes very powerful.
Karma that is done in relation to a powerful object such as ones
parents, etc. also becomes very powerful. This is true of even
small harmful or disrespectful actions on the one hand, or small
actions of service and respect on the other. This is especially
true of actions done in relation to the guru, Buddha, Dharma,
and Sangha. These are very powerful objects. Consequently, one
can experience in this life the suffering results of negative
actions committed in relation to the guru, Buddha, Dharma, and
Sangha, as well as experience in this life the favorable results
of any small virtuous actions done in relation to the objects
The four general outlines of karma
1) Karma is definite.
This means that having committed an action, one will definitely
experience the appropriate result according to the kind of action
done: virtuous actions bring positive results and non-virtuous
actions bring suffering results.
Karma is expandable. This means that once karma
is created, its results will be experienced in many, many future
lifetimes. Thus, the
suffering result of a non-virtuous action will be experienced
many times, not only in this
life but in hundreds or even thousands of lifetimes to come. It
is said by Nagarjuna - the great pandit who is like a second Buddha
and who propagated the Mahayana teachings, especially those on
emptiness - that if one cheats one sentient being, then the result
will be that one will be cheated for a thousand lifetimes by others.
This is from Nagarjunas
text Letter to a King. One
shouldnt be careless even in doing one small negative karma
thinking this wont hurt me.
It is mentioned by Buddha in the
sutra Dul lung, one small fire spark can burn piles of hay mountains
high. Same, one shouldnt think one small virtuous will not
benefit me. Like the example, by collecting drops of water one
a large bucket can be filled! Therefore one need to, by practicing
remembrance and awareness, one should abandon even the smallest
negative karma and practice even the smallest virtue.
3) Karma always has a cause.
If one hasnt created the karma, that is, if one has not
done the action that is the cause, one can never experience the
result of that.
Karma created is never lost. This means that once
karma is created, it will not disappear of its own accord.
If virtuous or non-virtuous karma is not interrupted, then it
will never get lost. However, if karma is interrupted, then it
can be destroyed. For example, by
purifying a non-virtuous action, you can interrupt the potential
to experience the suffering result.
In order to interrupt negative karma, one must purify it through
practices such as strong confession. If one has created negative
karma such as the ten non-virtues or other negative actions, just
living ones life being scared, upset, and depressed, that
alone is not a solution. The solution is to do something to purify
the negative karma immediately. If negative karma has been created,
then it can be purified.