A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Karma as an art form

The title of today’s writings comes from a saying of Buddhist wisdom, as written on page 156 of Eight steps to happiness by B. Bucher

“Karma is neither fatalistic nor deterministic.Karma is our ability to be creative and to bring about change; it means we can decide how and why we act. We can change ourselves. The future is in our own hands. The Buddha says:

Karma is creative like an artist,

karma expresses itself like a dancer.

So to use painting as the metaphor, what picture are you making. Is it one that uplifts those who gaze upon it, bringing a smile to their faces. Perhaps it is one that will invoke feelings of sympathy, remorse or even anger. Will it be broad sweeping strokes that quickly cover the canvas of life, or will there be a million little dabs and strokes filling each part of the tapestry with such exquisite detail that it is called the work of a master? Will it be full of color or a black and white or monochromatic piece? As we paint the picture of our life, let us make each brush stroke meaningful. Let there be depth, boldness, subtle nuances, and character in every stroke of our brushes.

 

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