mr. gordo wrote:Urgyen Chodron wrote:It cannot be denied that both taught compassion, love, kamma, etc.-
And in terms of Karma, I don't believe Jesus taught it the way Buddha taught it involving rebirth and enlightenment in reference to the 12 links of dependent origination.
Karma as taught by the Buddha requires rebirth and numerous lifetimes to function.
Jesus taught of one life on Earth caused by a creator god, and eternal life or damnation following.
"Reap what you sow" is not a teaching of karma, it is explained:
- "See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.
If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the LORD your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob."
So, "reap what you sow" means if you follow god and keep the commandments then you get rewarded with life and blessings, but if you turn away then you get punished with death and you will perish.
Karma has nothing to do with another being setting punishment and reward before you for your choices and actions.
Jesus did not teach karma.