Of course, there is also kamma done in the present life. If our fate was predetermined by past kamma there would be no benefit of striving to abandon unwholesome deeds, cultivate wholesome deeds, and purifying the mind through the practice of tranquillity and insight meditation. All such efforts are wholesome kamma, which will definitely increase our future happiness and reduce both present and future suffering.
Striving hard may also increase present suffering, e.g. feeling hungry in the afternoon when observing eight precepts, or feeling stiffness in the limbs through sitting or walking in meditation for long periods. However, it will reduce future suffering by increasing our wisdom, courage, and patience.
• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)