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Buddha Said - I am Not the Way ...

Kee Chew

If the root of suffering is desire how come those who demand the highest salaries in the world are not suffering but instead are causing suffering to innocent people ?
When will the pappy get its karma while laughing all the way to the bank

Very good point , indeed . :thumbsup:

here is a simple answer on
how Karma operates :

hope it helps ,

Karma, in its essence, is the law of cause and effect ( action and outcome ).

It suggests that our actions, intentions, and thoughts have consequences, shaping our future experiences.

However, its workings might not always be immediately visible or directly correlated in a straightforward manner with one's actions.

In daily life, the concept of karma operates in various ways:

1. **Moral Accountability:** Karma suggests that our actions, whether good or bad, influence our future experiences. Acts of kindness, compassion, and integrity might not necessarily yield immediate rewards, but they contribute to positive karmic consequences that might manifest in different ways in the future.

2. **Complexity and Timing:** Karma operates on a complex level. It doesn't always provide instant outcomes. Sometimes, the effects of our actions may not be apparent immediately, leading to a perception that bad people continue to prosper. However, according to the concept of karma, their actions will eventually catch up with them, perhaps in ways not immediately visible.

3. **Individual and Collective Karma:** Karma can also operate on an individual and collective level. Sometimes, a person might seemingly benefit from negative actions in the short term, but the accumulation of negative karma might lead to consequences in the future that offset those gains.

The perception that bad people continue to prosper might stem from the complexity of karma, the nuances of individual circumstances, and the intricate web of actions and consequences that might not be immediately evident.

It's important to note that the concept of karma isn't meant to be a simplistic tit-for-tat system.

It's more about understanding the moral implications of our actions and how they shape our lives over time. People's perceptions of who is "bad" or "good" might not align with the karmic consequences they face.

Karma's workings are subjective and complex, and the outcomes might not always align with our immediate observations. Nonetheless, the core principle of cause and effect suggests that all actions have consequences, whether visible or not.

Ultimately, the belief in karma is a matter of personal interpretation and spiritual understanding, and it might not always neatly align with immediate observable reality.
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Kee Chew

very important question .

Answer :

Buddhism emerged in India around the 6th century BCE, the 6th century BCE refers to a period around 2,600 to 2,500 years ago. In common terms, it's approximately 2,600 to 2,500 years before the current year of 2023. This timeframe is often used to refer to historical events, including the life of Buddha, the rise of certain ancient civilizations, and significant philosophical developments in human history , propagated by Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Buddha.

Initially, it gained popularity due to its teachings on alleviating suffering, the concept of enlightenment (nirvana), and its accessibility to people from various social backgrounds. It appealed to those seeking an alternative to the prevailing Vedic traditions.

Several factors contributed to its rise in India:

1. **Teachings:** Buddha's emphasis on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path resonated with many seeking spiritual fulfillment.

2. **Accessibility:** Buddhism was open to all, regardless of caste, which challenged the rigid social structure of the time.

3. **Support from rulers:** Kings like Ashoka became patrons of Buddhism, significantly contributing to its spread across India and neighboring regions.

However, over time, various elements led to its decline in India:

1. **Internal divisions:** Different schools of thought emerged within Buddhism, leading to fragmentation and weakening of the overall influence.

2. **Revival of Hinduism:** Hinduism, which incorporated some Buddhist ideas, underwent a revival and reintegrated some of its concepts, attracting back a portion of the Buddhist followers.

3. **Foreign invasions:** The invasions by groups such as the Huns and later the Islamic conquests led to the destruction of Buddhist monasteries and centers, causing a decline in its practice.

Gradually, Buddhism's decline in India saw a shift in patronage, reduced scholarly activities, and a diminishing influence within the country. Despite this decline, Buddhism continued to flourish in other parts of Asia, including Southeast Asia, China, Japan, and Tibet, where it took root and continued to evolve.

In terms of the number of followers in India today, while Buddhism is still practiced by a significant number of people, the predominant religious landscape is shaped by Hinduism and Islam, with Buddhism being a minority religion in the country.

The historical factors, changes in societal structures, and the influence of other religions have all contributed to this shift in the religious demographics of India.
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Kee Chew


Kee Chew


Tommy Koh,

Zen is a Japanese school of Buddhism that originated in China. Zen temples co-exist with Buddhist temples.

A typical Japanese would worship at a Zen temple on some occasions and at a Buddhist temple on other occasions.

Zen emphasises meditation and communing with nature. Zen followers try to expel three poisons from their lives.

These are greed, anger and ignorance. The author of this book is the 18th Chief Priest of a Zen Buddhist temple in Japan.

The chief priest’s position is hereditary and passes from father to son. He is also a professor at an Art University and the President of a company which designs gardens.

Unlike Buddhist monks, Zen monks are allowed to marry. Shunmyo Masuno is a famous Zen monk who has lectured at some of the top universities in the West.

This book contains 100 rules or ways for simple living.

The ones I like are number 21, don’t worry about things you cannot control, number 28, get in touch with nature, number 31, take pleasure in your work, number 37, don’t compare yourself with others, number 46, do not fear change, number 61, serve others, number 78, find occasions to get together with family, number 84, be positive, number 94, free yourself from money, and number 100, make the most of life.