Q. Is it possible, without attaining enlightenment, to stop creating karma? If it is possible, then how?
A. First of all, don’t think that the enlightened don’t create karma. No one, even Buddha, can cease to be subject to karma. Every moment of our life is the effect of past karma and the cause of future karma at the same time. What you are today is the result of how you lived yesterday, and how you live today based upon what you are is the cause of what you will be tomorrow.
To escape from karma doesn’t means to stop creating karma but to realise that everything, including karma, is empty. When everything is empty, not only karma but also the creator of karma is empty. To realise this is to attain enlightenment. So, without enlightenment, we can’t be free from karma.
Student: “How can I escape from karma?”
Master: “Realise who tries to escape what clearly.”
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