|Hey, it's my karma that got me these riches -- so I'll squander it whatever way I want.|
|The Buddha was known as a Karmavadin.|
|The Buddha, his pony Kanthaka, and Mary(?) (Ginger Mayerson/avenue50studio.org)|
So important is the subject of karma (the idea that we are unwittingly the cause of our happiness and suffering and, more importantly, can learn to stop it) that the Buddha, in his day, was called a Karmavadin,* "a teacher of the efficacy of personal action."
Was the Buddha a therapist or psychologist?
*“Psychotherapist” and “psychologist” did not exist as [jobs] or as titles in the Buddha’s time. During his life the Buddha was known as a karmavadin. This was aa teacher of karma (action), one who uncovers karma’s unwholesome root causes (hetu): greed, hatred, and delusion [and wholesome ones, too: nongreed, nonhatred, nondelusion]. The “Awakened One” revealed the conditional relations, causes/functions or reasons/motives, of experiential events in interpersonal contexts. He was a teacher of effective action devoted to summoning up in others the strength (viriya) needed for action resulting in increasing wholesomeness (Swaris, 1997).