A proof of the inviolability of karma

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alexryan
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Re: A proof of the inviolability of karma

Postby alexryan » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:48 am

Retro,

Great question.
I believe that the level of conviction that we have in a belief is *very* relevant to how we behave.

Although most Buddhists claim to believe in karma, it has been my experience that this belief is not that strong because they also claim to believe in "injustice". These beliefs are contradictory. If karma is real, then injustice does not exist.

When the level of conviction in karma really counts is when we are a victim of something truly horrible and are consumed by the primal desire to strike back.
That is exactly when it matters the most.
Because if we believe with absolute certainty that the people who hurt us will pay and that if we decide to strike back that we would pay our ability to self-regulate our destructive emotions is increased to the level where conflict can be avoided.

Such is the nature of satyagraha.

Think of the consequences of that if everyone held that conviction.

IMHO that is a world worth fighting for. :)

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Re: A proof of the inviolability of karma

Postby bodom » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:05 am

alexryan wrote:Although most Buddhists claim to believe in karma, it has been my experience that this belief is not that strong because they also claim to believe in "injustice".


Hi Alex

I have never made such a claim and do not know of any other Buddhist's who have even an elementary understanding of kamma make such a claim.

:anjali:
It’s only meditation when there are two minds:
Knowing-noting mind and observing mind.
If there is only one mind, ‘I’ is always there.
The object is not the dhamma,
The dhamma is the mind
That is being aware.

- Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw

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Re: A proof of the inviolability of karma

Postby alexryan » Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:03 am

Hi bodom,

Thank you for your comment.
I think that you are very wise.
I only recently came to this accept this as truth myself. :)

With Metta,
Alex


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