Started by marymargaret, June 01, 2014, 01:01:37 AM
Quote from: stromboli on June 01, 2014, 09:06:27 AMWhat goes around comes around. I don't know that karma can be described or defined as a natural law, but life does seem to balance the scales.
Quote from: aitm on June 01, 2014, 09:32:05 AMPeople like the idea of karma because it obviously means ass-holes get their just "reward" sooner or later. But rarely do we suggest karma when a person is nice and friendly to us. Its karma bitch, it what we say when the ass-holes finds a large dent in their car and no one to blame. But when a nice person gets a nice surprise we call that luck most of the time. We hope karma smacks the ass-holes but figure luck is for the nice people....or not.
Quote from: Deidre32 on April 22, 2015, 11:21:43 AMI believe in reaping what one sowsâ€¦thereâ€™s nothing spiritual or religious about the sentiment, despite religions trying to hijack it for their own use. Bad things happen to good people, but good things happen to bad people, too. I happen to think though that a good example of karma/reaping what we sow is if you treat poorly, over timeâ€¦you might find yourself alone. Common sense really, but karma sounds so â€¦cool and hipster. ^_^
Quote from: Aupmanyav on April 25, 2015, 06:58:46 AMKarma actually answers why bad things happen to good people and bad people may not be punished in this life.
Quote from: Mr.Obvious on April 25, 2015, 07:57:14 AMI don't think Thats a question with a proper answer. That is to say; questions like why do bad things happen to good people never sit right with me. To me they always seem to imply and evoke Some sort of universal justice. Why do bad things happen to good people holds in it The implication that we have reason to suspect that it Should be different. But seeing as their is no evidence of a force (intelligent or otherwise) that acts like a Grand justifier The better question would be, to me, why wouldnt bad things happen to good people?That question might lead you to answer such as being a kind soul will make those around you help you and be kind to you. If you want to call that karma, i don't think it is a fitting term; unhelpful and vague at best and deliberately confusing at worst. But either way it doesnt logically lead to conclude it goes beyond preventing only a share solely of deliberate man-made 'bad things'.
Quote from: marymargaret on June 01, 2014, 01:01:37 AMHello. I'm not a Buddhist but I have spent some time reading about it. It appears that Westerners have a different take on some of the concepts. Maybe those of you who have a better understanding could offer your opinion.One thing that annoys the heck out of me is hearing some one gloat over another person's problems by saying "it's karma" or "what goes around - comes around". They act as if there's a cosmic scorekeeper or god punishing people. I don't share this belief- I understand the basic meaning of karma as simply action. I get the cause and effect aspect, but I think it's more about the variables in play. Status, culture, and public opinion determine the outcome more than any metaphysical concept. I visited a Buddhist site and by reading the threads on the subject- it's a hot button subject. They seem divided on the technicalities and how rebirth comes into play. I'm curious how an atheist leaning Buddhist sees it.
Quote from: Nihil-ist on August 24, 2015, 06:14:17 PMThere's many different versions of it. The mainstream one is from a materialist perspective. People who seek revenge through karma have no idea what it is about. Part of the karmaic teachings is there are no separate events. The flame of the candle is many flames not just one. The end of a war isn't really an end it continues to have repercussions forever. Treating someone rudely doesn't end with the event where you treated them rudely. The results of your actions continue to reap repercussions whether or not you see them. It goes beyond material gain/loss. If you do something and you "know" you shouldn't most of the repercussions will happen in the realm of your mind. If you follow your karma(true will) you will have a better state of mind, peace and calm come naturally if you don't then you'll been in constant fear, worry, and anxiety.
Quote from: aitm on August 24, 2015, 09:43:10 PMsorry, if it takes that much crap to explain a simple idea then the crap is just crap.
Quote from: CrucifyCindy on August 24, 2015, 09:55:26 PMCan we have an Unlike button but that crap is getting really annoying. In fact I consider it trolling.