---The consequences of action manifest themselves in the moment that action is done. However too often we are too close to subject (ourselves) to see it happening. A criminal who "gets away with" a crime spends the rest of his life looking over his shoulder form that exact moment.
Guy In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Fa Jian" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > How is it that harmful results follow from harmful actions? It is by the > force of an imprint placed on our mind that the potential to experience > future suffering comes about. For example, a person who commits murder > plants a very strong negative impression on his or her own mind and that > impression, or seed, carries with it the potential to place that mind in a > state of extreme misery. Unless the impression of that non- virtuous action > is purified this latent seed will remain implanted in the mind, its power > dormant but unimpaired. When the appropriate circumstances are eventually > met, the potential power of this impression will be activated and the seed > will ripen as an experience of intense suffering. . . . The situation is > analogous to that of an arid piece of ground into which seeds were placed a > long time ago. As long as these seeds are not destroyed somehow, they will > retain their potential to grow. Should the ground be watered sufficiently > these long-forgotten seeds will suddenly sprout forth. In a similar fashion > our karmic actions plant their seeds in the field of our consciousness and > when we encounter the proper conditions these seeds will sprout and bear > their karmic fruit. > > > > Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Meaningful to Behold from Everyday Mind, a Tricycle > book edited by Jean Smith > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > No virus found in this outgoing message. > Checked by AVG Free Edition. > Version: 7.5.503 / Virus Database: 269.16.10/1159 - Release Date: 11/29/07 > 11:10 > Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today! Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/