How can we wake up if we are bound by the inescapable law of karma, of cause and efect? By owning it completely.
How can we wake up if we are bound by the inescapable law of karma, of cause and efect? By owning it completely. There is no other realm we need to enter, no new mind we need to gain, no supernatural intervention that we must accept or hope for, no imminent apocalypse to usher in a new world order. There is no escape. Confession and repentance is a big part of Zen practice. The verse of confession recited at ordinations and other ceremonies goes like this: “All my ancient twisted karma, from beginningless greed, hate, and delusion; born from body, speech, and mind; I now fully avow.” When we sincerely take responsibility for the harmful karma that we have created through our confused actions, words, and thoughts, this harmful karma no longer has the same binding power over us. On the contrary, this karma is transmuted into the fuel of liberation.