Karma is a loaded word. Karma is popularly used to describe a sort of divine plan” that includes its own system of punishment and reward. But the Sanskrit word karma simply means activity. What is the activity we are describing here? It is the activity of objectification. There is no Dr. Evil sitting in a large chair petting his cat and controlling our karma. There is no judge, no wise old man with a long white beard, no list of ethical “rights” and “wrongs.” Karma doesn’t predominate anything. In fact, karma is just the movement of objectified experience. Karma is the natural, impersonal law of cause and effect. As long as we objectify things, we will continue to live in a world that follows the dictates of karma. – Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question
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