I don't know if I can articulate this, but I will give it a shot. I'm just starting on pure land practice and am coming
from mindfulness-awareness practice in Mahayana, but this question bugs me. I know in Hinayana that restraint is
very important, but moving to Mahayana and Vajrayana, there is more relaxation i.e. openness. So, I guess I'm going
to ask that: If there is enough of a Karmic connection (causes and conditions,) for an act or result, can a person
in essence go against the tide and completely resist, or is there a point where one has to pay their dues, so to speak.
Like a samurai or soldier who has possibly converted to a spiritual path, but because of their situation, still has to
kill. But, I'm also asking that if there is such a desire for something, and all the causes and conditions are in place
for the action and result, does that process have to happen? Like, does a person completely caught in alcoholism
have to kind of purify the addiction by paying the debt? I'm not saying that this is a justification to do whatever you
want, because if you think you can do whatever you want, you already have a choice. I'm just wondering if in a
seemingly choice-less situation, can you still practice, with something such as nembutsu and fulfill the debt? Or,
if resistance is necessary? I mean, we all know what a completely harmful act is, but many acts are in a grey area.
So, I don't know how clear this is, but I wonder if we really have a choice, or if it's just to live life as it is, with
Amitabha's name always remembered? Or, just to do things with a kind of general mindfulness until the message becomes
clear on what is harmful and what is beneficial. Anyway, I apologize if this is covered in another thread.
Namo Amitabha Buddha,