Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

Karma is Complex

Book coverThe Buddha, radically, interpreted the individual as a compound of many different elements, physical and mental—a psychophysical complex. Therefore our feelings, thoughts, emotions, memories, dispositions; our perceptual capability, our cognitive capacities, and our physical conditions—all are constantly interacting and impacting each other.

And agents themselves are also continually interacting with other agents. Logically, then, we need not feel compelled to identify ourselves with a single thing, a core element to our psyche, as it is really a matter of being in a constant state of flux. In this sense, karma could be said to operate as streams of networking karmic processes, where all kinds of living, breathing individuals are involved. The really important principle to grasp about this approach is to look closely at things, for things in their nature are complex. Acknowledging this will bring us great reward in fact. Doing the opposite, looking at things in a very simple way, keeps us trapped in ignorance.

From Karma: What It Is, What It Isn’t, Why It Matters by Traleg Kyabgon, page 40

2 thoughts on “Karma is Complex

  1. Karma has always been one of the important philosophy in Buddhism and one cannot neglect this philosophy no matter what since everything that take action must bear karma whether it is good or bad.

  2. Because of interdependent originations, karma is constantly in flux, it is both cause and effect. In this sense, all karma is instant,

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