I appreciate most the aspect of karma that emphasizes the simultaneity of cause and effect as symbolized by the lotus which flowers and seeds simultaneously. In a vein similar to ancient Greek sayings such as, “We are as rational as our emotions allow us to be”, at the same moment we experience the effects of our causes our reactions to those effects are new causes. Therefore, if one lives passively one is prone to stay bound by the “chains of karma”; to reinforce one’s negative tenancies. The goal of profound religious practice is to enable practitioners to tap the unlimited potential of every moment in order to break a negative chain of karma by welling up the wisdom, courage, and compassion necessary to react to manifest effects in a way that changes destiny and builds happiness. I have experienced this process using the Buddhism of Nichiren Daishonin and the encouragement of fellow practitioners in the Sokagakkai(SGI).

SGI Buddhist, Loves Irish and Latin American Literature, History buff

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