oushi wrote:"Regardless of what we do, our karma has no hold on us."
Which is the view.
So if we are all already enlightened go stick a fork in your hand and let us know how your view is going.
“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.”
― Yogi Berra
Sorry but learning to identify the view-addicts is Nagarjuna 101.
Heard of "emptiness sickness"? Heard of "spiritual materialism"?
If we have the view without stabilizing it in practice we are just getting off on samadhi-w*nking.
Are you stabilized in the view 24/7? I mean really? You don't crave anything, ever? You are not attached to anything, ever? You can say with all honestly that you are completely free of all deluded experience, always, forever?
What you don't seem to get is that practice itself can be an ego-pit. You're just pumping up your ego with Mahayana-vitamins.
It's like how American Protestantism has degenerated Christianity into the happy-clappy-going-to-heaven-club? Heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's "cheap grace"? Same syndrome in all religions.
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways, Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears, I hid from Him, and under running laughter. Up vistaed hopes I sped; And shot, precipitated, Adown Titanic glooms of chasmèd fears, From those strong Feet that followed, followed after. But with unhurrying chase, And unperturbèd pace, Deliberate speed, majestic instancy, They beat - and a Voice beat - More instant than the Feet - ‘All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.’