Q. Who determines what actions create good and bad karma?

A. You do. However, you should know that every action is empty and neutral, not good, not bad, and so all karma created by actions is also empty and neutral.  A certain action is said to create good karma or bad karma, not because the action creates good karma, or bad karma in essence but because you think it does. That’s why an action can appear to be different; a cause of good karma and a cause of bad karma, depending on the beholder’s perspective.

Determining what actions create good and bad karma is no other than discriminating, that is, being deluded by illusions, which runs counter to enlightenment. So, ancient masters would say that creating good karma is not as good as creating no karma. In the Bible, Luke 6:37 says, “Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you.” The best we can do is not to be deluded by illusions by realising that karma is also empty.

©Boo Ahm

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