Not Good Luck or Bad Luck, but Karma | Dhamma Talk on Buddhism | Ajahn Dhammasiha | Dhammagiri
We hope for "Good Luck" and are worried that we may end up "unlucky". However, if we truly have confidence in the Buddha Dhamma, we know that there is actually no such thing as good or bad luck, there's only the results of Karma.
Nothing happens just by chance, it's always the outcome of our intentional action. Usually a combination of the Karma from actions a long time ago, even several liftimes ago, plus our very recent actions. In fact, the influence of our actions right now means that the law of Karma is not a fatalist teaching. Karma doesn't mean that our future is totally determined, because we have the freedom to choose our course of action right now. We can't change what we have done in the past, but we can change how we respond to the results of our actions here and now in the present.
If we experience hardship due to the karmic results of past unwholesome actions, we have to courses of action open how to respond:
- We may feel grumpy and react with anger and retaliate, thus creating the karmic causes for more suffering in the future
- Or we may react with patient endurance, equanimity, forgiveness, loving kindness and compassion, thus breaking the unwholesome cycle and creating the karmic causes for future happiness
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