|Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhist monks in India, August 2012 (Laura Murphy)|
|Nepal (Peter Barritt/allposters.com)|
|Afghan Buddha (Michel Porro/Getty)|
The guard makes no note of who is inside or who is outside but is perfectly aware of everyone passing through the gate. In just the same way, the Buddha pays no attention to who has entered nirvana or remained outside, and yet he knows one thing with certainty: If the person is in, it is because they came in through this gate, this way, this path.
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Correct understanding, a proper outlook, the optimal overview are key to setting off in the right spiritual direction with hopes of getting there anytime soon.
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Very generally, when we do good deeds -- that is, intentions free of greed (craving), aversion (hatred and fear), and/or delusion (wrong view and ignorance) -- with a pure mind/heart (that is, one free of craving, aversion, and delusion), we will doubtlessly have good results.
With such good karma of the distant past they could produce and hold onto riches without crime, and they could enjoy it. How does the thief suffer now and in the future? The thief exhausts good karma of the past (that makes it possible to hold onto ill gotten gains), accrues bad karma (from stealing, harming others, and a feeding greed), leaves good karma of the present left undone, and generates compounding bad karma by guilt, worrying, misgivings, being ever alert to getting caught, found out, or punished by others...
This playing out of karma is imponderable and one would become unhinged if one persisted in contemplating the staggering implications of actions and their results. The general rule still applies and is enough to comprehend and have confidence in, overcoming all doubts with time. CONTINUED