People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip,

feeling that if things are going wrong,

that means that they did something bad

and they are being punished.

That’s not the idea at all.

The idea of karma is

that you continually get the teachings

that you need to open your heart.

To the degree that you didn’t understand in the past

how to stop protecting your soft spot,

how to stop armoring your heart,

you’re given this gift of teachings

in the form of your life,

to give you everything you need

to open further.

~Pema Chodron

(1936 to pres., American Tibetan Buddhist nun,

principal teacher at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia)


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