Thursday, August 4, 2011

Karma—It’s About What We Can Do Now

Karma—It’s About What We Can Do Now

An excerpt about karma from “Noble Strategy”

by Thanissaro Bhikkhu:

Karma is one of those words we don’t translate. Its basic meaning is simple enough—action—but because of the weight the Buddha’s teachings give to the role of action, the Sanskrit word karma packs in so many implications that the English word action can’t carry all its luggage. This is why we’ve simply airlifted the original word into our vocabulary.

But when we try unpacking the connotations the word carries now that it has arrived in everyday usage, we find that most of its luggage has gotten mixed up in transit. For most people, karma functions like fate—and bad fate, at that: an inexplicable, unchangeable force coming out of our past, for which we are somehow vaguely responsible and powerless to fight.....

Continue reading on Metta Refuge.

No comments:

Post a Comment