Source: Reconsider! | Great Middle Way
Aug 11, 2017
All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting ourselves in the place of another, we should not kill nor cause another to kill.
All tremble at violence; life is dear to all. Putting ourselves in the place of another, we should not kill nor cause another to kill.
If, while seeking happiness ourselves, we oppress with violence other beings who also desire happiness, we will not attain happiness hereafter.
If, while seeking happiness ourselves, we do not oppress with violence other beings who also desire happiness, we will find happiness hereafter.
Speak not harshly to anyone, for those thus spoken to might respond in kind. Indeed, angry speech hurts, and retaliation may overtake us.
—Buddha Shakyamuni, Udanavarga
“When we are at last freed from the body that has defined and dominated our understanding of ourselves for so long, the karmic vision of one life is completely exhausted, but any karma that might be created in the future has not yet begun to crystallize. So what happens in death is that there is a “gap” or space that is fertile with vast possibility; it is a moment of tremendous, pregnant power where the only thing that matters, or could matter, is how exactly our mind is. Stripped of a physical body, mind stands naked, revealed startlingly for what it has always been: the architect of our reality.”
“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.”
― Chögyam Trungpa
Source: Chögyam Trungpa Quotes (Author of Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism)
Source: Consequences | Great Middle Way
These are karmic consequences in accord with the cause:
Killing leads to short duration of life.
Theft leads to lacking possessions and enjoyments.
Sexual misconduct leads to much enmity.
Lying leads to being maligned by others.
Slander causes friends to turn against me.
Harsh words ripen as hearing unpleasant statements.
Frivolous speech ripens as being disregarded by others.
Covetousness leads to disappointment.
Malice ripens as pain and fear.
Wrong views ripen as stupidity and ignorance.