Transference of karma

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Totoro
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Transference of karma

Postby Totoro » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:31 pm

Hi

In general karma cannot be transferred, right? In the famous lojong story whereby a great master was able to transfer the pain of a dog that had been hit by a stone to himself, what was happening there in terms of karma? By transferring the pain of the dog onto himself, was he in effect transferring karmic result?

And what about the story of Milarepa when he was poisoned by the jealous Geshe, and he temporarily transferred the suffering onto a door to show the extent of suffering. Karmic results can't ripen on an inanimate object, so I'm guessing it was a miraculous display just to illustrate the extent of suffering to educate the Geshe on the harm he had inflicted? Any other explanation?

Thanks.

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Re: Transference of karma

Postby Paul » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:56 pm

In my opinion they are just stories to illustrate a point. Karma isn't transferrable.
Look at the unfathomable spinelessness of man: all the means he's been given to stay alert he uses, in the end, to ornament his sleep. – Rene Daumal
the modern mind has become so limited and single-visioned that it has lost touch with normal perception - John Michell

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Re: Transference of karma

Postby Mr. G » Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:00 pm

Hi Totoro,

You may find this thread helpful:

"taking someone else's negative karma"
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu


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