Yes, that is true.
For anyone who realize no self, he created no karma at all. Even he does offering, there is no karma for him. Even he kill, there is no karma for him. Because for him, there is no such thing called offering, killing. He is untouched by karma. It is very dangerous here for someone who think he has fully realized no self to do action such as killing, etc as if nothing can touch him.
However, for dualistic person like us, who is subjected to karma, we are not always in the ideal situation. There is a situation that we cannot avoid in life. So, if we are skillful, action that normally give bad karma, can be turned to become a good karma.
THere are 4 factors that determine what karma will you get. I cannot remember all, it is in lam rim. The point here is, even in dualistic world, there is still nothing called absolute.
The extreme example of killing is the best example. If by killing someone, that is the only possible way to save him from doing unlimited and unimaginable karma, with that good motivation, that action is wholesome.
If someone tied your leg and you cannot move at all, and you see your friend want to kill his mother, if at that moment you can grab the gun, and to your best possible efforts shoot him is the best way to save him to be reborn in the hell, doing it with that mindset is wholesome, not only for you, but also for the mother, and also for the murderer. You save the murderer from the worst hell.
But if we don't know something called relative, and because at that moment you think oh if I shoot him, I will o bad karma, let him kill his mother, because that is already their karma. Because we have this mindset called absolute right and absolute wrong, because of this, you have actually failed to save anyone.
Motivation is the chief that determine whether something is right or wrong in dualistic world, not the action. Because motivation can varies, there is no room for absoluteness. Everything is relative. Relative to your motivation.
Even war, it is very difficult to say this is right and wrong, all depends on the motivation of that bomber and the shooter.
FOr this topic, which is livelihood, you can't tell it is right or wrong, because there is no absolute. It can be right, it can be wrong.
So, you should rely on your motivation to do the work. If you do the program with the motivation to make the soldier more powerful to kill blindly, that is wrong from dualistic point of view. Bad karma is for you.
But if you do the programming to make the soldier more powerful in capturing the head of terrorist whose life is training bomb for many many terrorist and whose job is doing bombing in the marketplace, train, all over the world, you cannot say your job is bad or sinful. In this case, you have the role to prevent chaos. There is no reason why good karma is not for you.
In dharma, there is called dharma protector, to give some lessons for anyone who want to destroy dharma. The action of harming can be seen as harming and also can be seen as helping.
It all depends on your motivation.
Doing the same thing, black become white, white become black, relative to motivation.
Last edited by DarwidHalim
on Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I am not here nor there.
I am not right nor wrong.
I do not exist neither non-exist.
I am not I nor non-I.
I am not in samsara nor nirvana.
To All Buddhas, I bow down for the teaching of emptiness. Thank You!