Karma In Buddhist Schools And Sects
Posted 28 August 2010 - 01:52 AM
not long ago I discussed with someone the concept of karma.
This person is not ignorant in topic world religions, so I was rather surprised to hear him say that in some Buddhist schools (or sects, I am not sure anymore) there is no such thing as karma. I think he mentioned Japan, but don't take me at word ...
Is this true? I thought karma was essential to Buddhism in general and was common to all schools.
I would very much appreciate an explanation.
Posted 28 August 2010 - 11:38 PM
interesting. and still Buddhism.
so then karma is not the central idea after all ...
All the best
Posted 29 August 2010 - 08:08 AM
"For as long as space endures, And as long as living beings remain,
Until then may I too abide, To dispel the misery of the world." (Arya Shantideva)
Posted 29 August 2010 - 10:45 AM
that is the reason I asked here ... there are many confusing information about the practices of Zen, some seem to confirm the concept of karma, others oppose it ---
Still, I find it amazing that within one religion, so many different approaches can exist (I mean not only Buddhism here).
I haven't really put much effort into studying different schools or approaches, I must admit, because I was from the beginning happy with the one I found within Dharmaling. I know it is always suggested to study various approaches before deciding for one, but well ... maybe I didn't need to? ...
However, this also means, that I am not so well equipped for theoretical discussions on the matter ...
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