Karma + Future Suffering

September 1, 2015 § 1 Comment

A friend shared this podcast where meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg elaborates on the concept of ‘karma’. Spoiler alert: we’ve been too liberal in applying this concept to everything and everyone around us!

The true meaning of the word is complex and more empowering than pop culture would have us believe. It is not something that is inevitable, but instead, it is a tool for introspection and when applied intelligently, could help me avoid future suffering (Sutra 2.16). If where we are now is a product of the choices we have made in the past, then the choices we make now will shape our future. Therefore, it’s in our interest to choose intelligently. Or, as a Buddhist would say, to live skillfully.

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§ One Response to Karma + Future Suffering

  • Mike Evans says:

    As Pichest, my Thai massage teacher in Chiang Mai says: some karma comes from things we have done in past lives… but mostly it comes from things we do in this life. In other words, don’t be too quick to blame something the unknowable you might have done in a past life for something you consider to be a misfortune, because that’s just a cop-out. Better to look at your own relatively recent history first.

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