A Buddhist Spectrum: Contributions to the Christian-Buddhist by Marco Pallis

By Marco Pallis

Essays distilling a life of suggestion and perform through one of many earliest explorers of either the actual panorama of Tibet in addition to it Vajrayana culture.

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Qxd 9/16/2003 4:18 PM Page 18 A Buddhist Spectrum resources as lie to hand (also thanks to one’s karma) is justified pending a final declaration of the result. Within these limits remedial action is in no wise opposed to resignation. The all-important thing, however, when undertaking any action aimed at promoting human welfare, whether at an individual or a collective level, is not to lose sight of the essential truth of impermanence, as pertaining to the action itself and its eventual consequences.

Each must approach the center in his own peculiar way, for the experience of each being is unrepeatable; every possibility in the universe is unique. Let no one feel discouraged because his knowledge is as yet minute; rather let him think of enlarging it by every means in his power. Minute or not, it is a spark, and with a spark it is possible to kindle a still brighter lamp and thus pursue the way. 1 1. According to the Indian calendar, the full moon in the month of May, which marked the Buddha’s enlightenment at the foot of the World Tree at Gaya.

The above examples, which can be varied in a hundred ways, should be sufficient to illustrate the principle at play. People speak of prosperity as if they had a right to it regardless of their karma, and of adversity as if it were something in which they had no stake; but here again it is necessary to discriminate in the light of the respective karmic fruits. For the man of insight, a form of prosperity tending to increase distraction (though this does not always happen, of course) must be reckoned a drawback from the point of view of fruits, whereas an adversity that serves to open one’s eyes must be accounted more of a boon than a punishment; merit might earn a blessed pain, where an unfavorable karma would place one in prosperity as a stage on the way to hell.

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