Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

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Re: Are negative events always the result of bad kamma - i.e. abuse done to children, rape, etc?

Post by Dorje Shedrub » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:46 am

Perhaps the cause and effect of kamma can be intertwined between beings ~ DS
Nyanaponika Thera wrote: For any single individual, the mind is a stream of ever-changing mental processes driven by the currents and cross-currents of kamma accumulated in countless past existences. But this complexity, already great, is increased still very much more by the fact that each individual life-stream is interwoven with many other individual life-streams through the interaction of their respective kammas [emphasis added]. So intricate is the net of kammic conditioning that the Buddha declared kamma-result to be one of the four "unthinkables" (acinteyya) and warned against creating it as a subject of speculation. But though the detailed workings of kamma escape our intellection, the practically important message is clear: the fact that kammic results are modifiable frees us from the bane of determinism and its ethical corollary, fatalism, and keeps the road to liberation constantly open before us. source
"Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child,
So with a boundless heart
Should one cherish all living beings;
Radiating kindness over the entire world:
Spreading upwards to the skies,
And downwards to the depths;
Outwards and unbounded,"

~ From the Karaniya Metta Sutta (Sn 1.8)

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