Friday, November 21, 2008

poison or seed

Karma means that whatever we do, with our bodies, speech, or minds, will have a corresponding result. Each action, even the smallest, is pregnant with its consequences. It is said by the masters that even a little poison can cause death, and even a tiny seed can become a huge tree. And as Buddha said: “Do not overlook negative actions merely because they are small; however small a spark may be, it can burn down a haystack as big as a mountain.”

Similarly he said: “Do not overlook tiny good actions, thinking they are of no benefit even tiny drops of water in the end will fill a huge vessel.” — Sogyal Rinpoche

3 comments:

Jannie said...

I will try to step up my tiny good deeds, thanks to this inspiration.

Tracee said...

I grew up calling Karma consequences. corresponding result. Came from Martha Beck's blog. I'm on the team.

emdot said...

Hi Jannie and Tracee -- Thank you for the comments and Jannie -- glad to share the words of inspiration.

Tracee -- exactly. Consequences. Good and bad. In buddhism there is a teaching that you don't even judge them as good or bad but just that they are. It made me extra happy to see a fellow team member (teamster? ha!). Thanks for stopping by. :)