Aug 22, 2013

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KARMA (Duyên nghiệp)

KARMA (Duyên nghiệp)

It is said that the human being that included body and mind. The body consist of flesh , blood and included 4 element  ( earth , water, wind, fire ) while mind is a collection of eight consciousness, a conjunction of body and mind , is creation of sound to communicate with other . The body was develop in the processing: create from the mother’s womb, develop greatly at birth, cease to death and become the corpse. The mind which is the accumulation of actions performed in the previous existence. The consciousness of this specific life that begin in the womb comes from a previous lifetime based on the action performed them . Therefore, the present life is the result from the previous action, bad or good life is still depend of karma action, the virtue or non- virtue from the past life . It look like grow a tree, a good seed will be definitively become a huge, developed and sweet tree and bad deep will be result the wilt tree. It we want to harvest with the good result that is necessary take a good seed and put down fertilizer. Therefore, we keep the ethics of modify their behavior according to the black and white site of cause and effect. A small action with non- virtue will be follow us as the shade with shape. Cause and effects is extremely subtle, because any cause one accumulates will bring its corresponding result and  it is said:

“ Do not think a small virtue

Will not return in your future lives

Just as falling drops of water

Will fill a large container

The little virtue

The steadfast accumulate

Will completely overwhelm them”


“ Countless rebirths lie ahead, both good and bad. The effect of karma ( action ) are inevitable, and in previous lifetime we have accumulated negative karma which will inevitably have its fruition in this or future lives, Just as someone witness by police in a criminal act will eventually catch and punished, so we too must face the consequence of faulty action we have committed in the past, there is no way to bet at ease, those action are irreversible , we must eventually undergo their effects”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama , from “ Kindness, Clarity and Insight”

Ven, Geshe Damcho Yonten ( the Spiritual Director of Lam Rim Centre ) said caused and effect in a truly general way has four subheadings : 1) how karma is fixed 2) karma shows great increase 3) one does not meet with something if one has not created the karma for it happened 4) karma one create will not disappear of its own accord .He also give the example how karma shows great increase like this :

When the Bhagavan visited the city of Nyagrodhika, a woman give him and handful of sweetmeats made of sesame, called “ ladus”, the Buddha predicted that in a future life the woman would be reborn as Buddha call Susvasti . Her husband irreverently said “ Please don’t say such a thing just because she offered you some food, Buddha” The Buddha gave the illustration of the seed of the pipal tree, which is only the size of a mustard- seed, from it grows such as a huge tree that it’s shadow fall over five hundred chariot, placed so that they do not touch each other . Buddha then said that the small karmic action have great results . And so, the husband came to believe./.

Meeting a Cambodian Dharma friend – Mật Lư

And one more story that was said that :

“In a time long past, there was an old monk who, through diligent practice ,had attained a certain degree of spiritual penetration, he had a young novice who was about eight year old. One day the monk look at the boy’s face and saw there that he would die within a few month. Saddened by this, he told the boy to take a long holiday and go and visit his parent, “ take your time” said the monk, “ don’t hurry back. For he felt the boy should be with his family when he died. Three month later, to his astonishment, the monk saw the boy walking back up the mountain . When he arrived he looked intently at his face and saw that the boy would now live to a ripe old age “ tell me everything that happen while you were away” said the monk. So the boy started to tell of his journey down from the mountain. He told of villages and towns he passed through, of river forded and mountain climbed. Then he told how one day he came upon a stream in flood. He noticed, as he tried to pick his way across the flowing stream, that a colony of ants had become trapped on a small island formed by the flooding stream, Moved by compassion for poor creature, he took a branch of a tree and laid it across one flow of the stream until it touched the little island. As the ants made their way across, the boy held the branch steady , until he was sure all the ants had escaped to dry land. Then he went on his way “ So, thought the old monk to himself, that is why the gods have lengthened his days”

So through the story we can see that the karma is impossible avoid for all the action that cause from the previous life and non- virtue action but we will find another way to purify past negative. Traditionally, one remember all sentient beings and the Three Jewel of Refuge ( Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) by generating compassion for all the sentient beings and take refuge as well as keeping the promise not replying the negative action again. Therefore, we don’t waste the precious of being human being right now to take the refuge and practice Dharma to reduce the karma ….

Mật Kính

  1. Mật Phổ says:

    your english is the number 1 right now. One more… Thanks about your post.

  2. Tantra Mikaya says:

    Dear holy guru. Thank you for your article Karma and the translation into the English language so that this article and your wise words can be received everywhere. I have studied the article attentively. There is often a lot of thinking about karma in Europe. A man inflicted harm on others so the karma will judge him. This had often surprised me earlier that Karma was mentioned in connection with bad deeds. It was only through Buddhism that I understood that it was really about cause and effect. It is self-dependent and easy to understand. Go out with a smile and the world will smile back at you. As long as a sentient being misunderstands the nature of the mind, man is not aware that positive desires and actions lead to the same experiences in his own stream of consciousness. The basis for the suffering in our world is not something absolutely evil but the ignorance about the nature of the mind and the mode of action of cause and effect .. In meditation, we learn to deepening and suffering experience. For myself, and this is a very deep and new experience. Meditation thus frees itself from the compulsive and unconscious entanglement of cause and effect. Meditation should strengthen our mind and make us aware of the nature of Buddha. May all beings be free from suffering and our holy guru be blessed with best health. Om Mani Padme Hum  Om Mani Padme Hum Om Mani Padme Hum

  3.  Tantra Mahavita says:

    Dear Guru : Thank you very much for sharing these wonderful articles.Thank of Budhhism ,the understanding is that Karma is absolutly cause and effect.By understanding the nature of the mind we are aware that the positive desires and actions lead to the same experiences in the very current of consiousness .The basis of our suffering lies in our ignorance of the nature of the mind and the mode of action of cause and effect. In meditation as we see the experience deepen it and there is liberated compulsive tangle and unconscious of cause ans effect. Meditation must strengthen our mind and make us aware of the Budhha Nature …May all beings be free from suffering and their causes that all beings may find happiness and their causes …That our holy Guru may have a lot of health and can live many years for the benefit all sentient beings …OM MANI PADME HUM

  4. Tantra Upatissa says:

    Dear Guru thanks for sharing this article.

    Hope all beings may try to generate great compassion towards other beings and utilise this precious human birth.

    May Guru live long for other beings.

    May all beings be free from suffering and get enlightened.

  5. Tantra Citta says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    In the Buddhist tradition, karma refers to action driven by intention (willful action) which leads to future consequences. Things we choose to do or say or think set karma into motion. The Law of Karma is therefore a law of cause and effect, as defined in Buddhism. The effects of karma may be evident either in the short term or in the long term. Karma can either manifest its effects in this very life or in the next life or only after several lives. The Buddha has said that nowhere on Earth or in Heaven can one escape one’s karma. So it is very important to have moral action and moral responsibility. When a person comes to a full understanding of the Law of Karma, it discourages one from performing unwholesome actions, which have suffering as their fruit. Once we understand that in our own life every action will have a similar and equal reaction, once we experience the effect of that action, we will discover either happiness or suffering. And so it is very important for the students and disciples at Song Nguyen Tantra House to reflect on the Law of Karma. Doing so encourages us to renounce unwholesome actions and cultivate wholesome actions. Generosity, good conduct, meditation, reverence and service, transferring of merits, hearing the Dharma, teaching and cultivating bodhicitta and straightening one’s own views all have wholesome karmic consequences. And that is what all sentient beings should strive for! I offer my supreme Blessings and love to our esteemed Master and consort and to all my beloved Dharma friend’s. Om Mani Padme Hum 🙂 Tantra Citta (Jeffrey Bernard Forest).

  6. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Respected Guruji I bow my head at the lotus feet of Guruji.

    I am Tantra Nirvadeva.

    What we are now is due to what we were before in the present days of life itself forgetting let alone the rebirth is there or not which is not prooved scientifically yet !as per the dictum as you sow the seed, so you reap !

    What you do now (karma, good or bad) in the present time, you will reap the consequences good or bad correspondingly) in future in the present days of life itself which you will notice by your experience yourself !

    In  the second story of the Monk, we see a line , that ” So, thought the old monk to himself that is why the gods have lengthened his days “! ( Who is God and where is God in Buddhism ?)

    It is only his good deed of Dharma Practice here might be the cause of his lengthened life period I presume!

    Hence, taking refuge in Buddha , Dharma, Sangha (Triple Gem) will only our past negative Karma’s and no God will help as it is Self-dependant !

    Ultimately,  what should happen will happen as per the law of cause and effect !

    It is noteworthy here to recollect the Newton’s  third law of physics that ” Actions and Reactions are Equal and Opposite ” which will apply  here also in the Spiritual field ! That is good in turn for good Karma and bad in turn for bad Karmas !

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

    Long live our Guruji for upholding Dharma.

    Dr C H Lakshminarayan.

  7. Dr. C H Lakshmi narayan. says:

    Correction please :

    Read as purify our past negative karmas.

  8. Aman Prakash says:

    Dear guru

    Thank you for this article. I bow my head on your lotus feet.

    It may be that I had done great work in the past so I have chance to refuge in dhamma. I am here say that every small action have the effect and later consequences. So without wasting time we should all have to take refuge in three jewels to accumulate merit and liberation. Human life is very precious. We all have need guru kindly guru please gives blessings for dealing with samsara world.

    May guru lives long for the sake of all sensient being.

    May all sensient being attain true nature.

    Om Mani padme hum

  9. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    my name is Tantra  Ashihata .

    I appreciate you for this wonderful article about karma may you help us to live  a righteous life and also help us to get rid of our bad karma.

    May Guru  live long for the seek of happiness of all sentient being.

    Om mani padme hum.

  10. Josh says:

    Thank you for this explanation of karma. I greatly appreciate the time taken to write and translate this article.

    Om mani padme hum

  11. Mật Diệu Hằng
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin phép được dịch comment của bạn đọc Josh sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Cảm ơn huynh đã viết và giải thích về nghiệp. Đệ hoan hỷ tán thán huynh đã dành thời gian chia sẻ,  viết bài.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  12. Mật Diệu Hằng
    Mật Diệu Hằng says:

    Kính bạch Thầy!

    Con xin được dịch comment của đạo hữu Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) sang tiếng Việt như sau:

    Kính bạch Thầy tôn quý!

    Con là Tantra Ashihata.

    Con hoan hỷ với thiện hạnh và công đức của huynh đã viết bài viết này về nghiệp.

    Con cầu nguyện Thầy để tâm gia hộ cho chúng con sống một cuộc đời chân chánh, và giúp chúng con tịnh hóa nghiệp chướng.

    Con cầu nguyện cho sức khỏe và sự trường thọ của Thầy vì hạnh phúc của tất cả chúng sanh.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  13. Ralph Keating says:

    Thank you for this article on Karma!!!  There is a saying, “No good deed goes unpunished.”  The pessimism of the saying relates that doing good often leads to punishment or more suffering for the good doer and that such suffering could be avoided by not doing good deeds.  This saying is wrong!!!  Thank you for shedding light upon the darkness of this lie.  Good virtue, even is small, is still good virtue.  Can I also say that small non-virtue, likewise, is non-virtue?  Good virtues—even if small and seemingly unnoticed—are like the small drops that fill the large container.  I thank you for giving me this understanding and fueling my desire for bringing good virtue to this world.  May all be blessed by taking refuge in the three jewels.

    Om Mani Padme Hum

  14. Tantra Ashihata (Simon Michael) says:

    Dear holy Guru ,

    my name is Tantra Ashihata.

    I thank you for this wonderful article you have given to us.  Yea I appreciate you and you cohorts you made to understand that there is no small  karma and no one will go unpunished no matter how small the karma is, one will pay back negative or positive.

    May Guru help us to be always be conscious of our deeds to avoid accumulating bad karma so that we will avoid future suffering.

    May Guru and his cohorts live long for the seek of happiness of all sentient being and may all sentient being free from suffering.

    Om mani padme hum .

  15. Aki Thunderpaw says:

    Yes, Cause and effect is profound and mysterious, unknowable to most unless they see clearly.

  16. neerajkumar Sumaran Gajbhiye says:

    Dear holy Guru,

    Thank you for this new experience thru this article. here i want to state some with the due respect and with your permission.

    Karma is the instrument of Moral Order is Dhamma

    1. There is an order in the physical world. This is proved by the following phenomenon.
      2. There is a certain order in the movements and actions of the starry bodies.
      3. There is a certain order by which seasons come and go in regular sequence.
      4. There is a certain order by which seeds grow into trees, and trees yield fruits ,and fruits give seeds.
      5. In Buddhist terminology these are called Niyamas, laws which produce an orderly sequence such as Rutu Niyam, Bija Niyam.
      6. Similarly is there a moral order in Human Society. How is it produced? How is it maintained?
      7. Those who believe in the existence of God have no difficulty in answering the question. And their answer is easy.
      8. Moral order, they say, is maintained by Divine Dispensation. God created the world, and God is the Supreme Governor of the world. He is also the author of moral as well as of physical law.
      9. Moral law, according to them, is for man’s good, because it ensues from Divine will. Man is bound to obey God, who is his maker, and it is obedience to God which maintains the moral order.
      10. Such is the argument in support of the view that the moral order is maintained by Divine Dispensation.
      11. The explanation is by no means satisfactory. For if the moral law has originated from God, and if God is the beginning and end of the moral order, and if man cannot escape from obeying God, why is there so much moral disorder in the world?
      12. What is the authority of the Divine Law? What is the hold of the Divine Law over the individual? These are pertinent questions. But to none of them is there any satisfactory answer from those who rely on Divine Dispensation as the basis for the moral order.
      13. To overcome these difficulties the thesis has been somewhat modified.
      14. It is said: No doubt creation took effect at the command of God. It is also true that the cosmos entered upon its life by his will and by his direction. It is also true that He imparted to the cosmos once for all the energy which served as the driving power of a stupendous mechanism.
      15. But God leaves it to Nature to work itself out in obedience to the laws originally given by him.
      16. So that if the moral order fails to work out as expected by God, the fault is of Nature and not of God.
      17. Even this modification in the theory does not solve the difficulty. It only helps to exonerate God from his responsibility. For the question remains, why should God leave it to Nature to execute His laws what is the use of such an absentee God?
      18. The answer which the Buddha gave to the question, “How is moral order maintained?”, is totally different.
      19. His answer was simple. “It is the Kamma Niyam and not God which maintains the moral order in the universe.” That was the Buddha’s answer to the question.
      20. The moral order of the universe may be good or it may be bad. But according to the Buddha, the moral order rests on man and on nobody else.
      21. Kamma means man’s action, and Vipaka is its effect. If the moral order is bad, it is because man does Akusala (Bad) Kamma. If the moral order is good, it is because man does Kusala (Good) Kamma.
      22. The Buddha was not content with merely speaking of Kamma. He spoke of the law of Kamma, which is another name for Kamma Niyam.
      23. By speaking of the law of Kamma, what the Buddha wanted to convey was that the effect of the deed was bound to follow the deed, as surely as night follows day. It was like a Niyam or rule.
      24. No one could fail to benefit by the good effects of a Kusala Kamma, and no one could escape the evil effects of Akusala Kamma.
      25. Therefore, the Buddha’s admonition was: do Kusala Kamma so that humanity may benefit by a good moral order which a Kusala Kamma helps to sustain; do not do Akusala Kamma, for humanity will  suffer from the bad moral order which an Akusala Kamma will bring about.
      26. It may be that there is a time interval between the moment when the Kamma is done, and the moment when the effect is felt. It is so, often enough.
      27. From this point of view, Kamma is either (1) Ditthadamma Vedaniya Kamma (Immediately Effective Kamma); (2) Upapajjavedaniya Kamma (Remotely Effective Kamma); and [=or] (3) Aporapariya Vedaniya Kamma (Indefinitely Effective Kamma).
      28. Kamma may also fall into the category of Ahosi Kamma, i.e., Kamma which is non-effective. This Ahosi Kamma comprises all such Kammas which are too weak to operate, or which are counteracted by a more [powerful?] Kamma, at the time when it [=they] should have worked.
      29. But making allowance for all these considerations, it does not in any sense derogate from the claim made by the Buddha that the law of Kamma is inexorable.
      30. The theory of the law of Kamma does not necessarily involve the conception that the effect of the Kamma recoils on the doer of it, and there is nothing more to be thought about it. This is an error. Sometimes the action of one affects another instead of the doer. All the same, it is the working of the law of Kamma, because it either upholds or upsets the moral order.
      31. Individuals come and individuals go. But the moral order of the universe remains, and so also the law of Kamma which sustains it.
      32. It is for this reason that in the religion of the Buddha, Morality has been given the place of God.
      33. Thus the Buddha’s answer to the question of how the moral order in the universe is sustained, is so simple and so irrefutable.
      34. And yet its true meaning is scarcely grasped. Often, almost always, it is either misunderstood or misstated or misinterpreted. Not many seem to be conscious that the law of Kamma was propounded by the Buddha as an answer to the question [of ] how the moral order is maintained.
      35. That, however, is the purpose of Buddha’s Law of Kamma.
      36. The Law of Kamma has to do only with the question of general moral order. It has nothing to do with the fortunes or misfortunes of an individual.
      37. It is concerned with the maintenance of the moral order in the universe.
      38. It is because of this that the law of Kamma is a part of Dhamma.

    Your, Tantra Niwakuva

  17. paul yawney says:

    Dear holy Guru, thank you for a very good article. it further strengthens what I have already learned about Karma since turning to Buddhism. you reap what you sow. I try to be kind and caring to all and control my emotions so as not to cause harm in any way shape or form. I am still Learning. thank you. Namaste


  18. Tantra Mishataru says:

    Dear Holy Guru,

    I believe in karma but it sad others don’t believe and yet they their is enough proof of its existence. With that being said I am so thankful for this article. It has strengthen me more to always be careful of my thinking, intention and action as they produce effects in our life.

    I bow my head to your lotus feet.

    Om Mani Padme Hum.

  19. Kierran stevenson says:

    Really good analogy , thank you very much brother ❤️🙌🏻🙏🏻

  20. tantra mahavita says:

    Dear Saint Guru: Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful article explaining in a clear and simple way, the analogy of Karma. May all beings be free from suffering and its causes, May all beings find happiness and its causes. May all beings are free from attachment and aversion. May the beautiful Bodhichita be born in those who have not been born and may those who have been born increase more and more. May the wonderful spirit of awakening be born in all beings. May Our Holy Guru have great health for the benefit of all beings … OM MANI PADME HUM

  21. K Devi Trinadh Kavala says:

    To the Holy Guru My name is Devi trinadh. I am from India. I am suffering from some bad memories of past life. I saw one budda facebook group and i joined in to that group. I drop a comment of my present life in that group and asked for help. one member replied for buddism is the cure for your problems his name is mie. He is helping now. When i started second article i read the second story of a boy is helping ants is good karma. He helped the ants without any selfish. In that way he got good health. I understand that if we can do good for others without any expecting any thing from them. we get good things from unexpected ways. I think this is karma. If we can hurt some one it will be back to us. This is good article today i learned. Plz give me your blessings holy guru. ..OM MANI PADME HUM.




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