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article imageDalai Lama: Tibet, Burma, China - it was all Karma

By Chris V. Thangham     Jun 12, 2008 in Politics
The Dalai Lama is currently visiting Australia and during his visit he talked about the recent incidents in Tibet, China and Burma, including actress Sharon Stone’s recent comments about the natural disasters being a result of Karma.
Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd decided not to meet the Dalai Lama, but the Dalai Lama doesn’t feel offended by it. He says his visit to Australia is not political; it is only a good will tour. Nevertheless, Immigration Minister Chris Evans will be meeting him on behalf of the government.
While in Australia, the Dalai Lama told AFP:
“If I have a certain political agenda to discuss with the Prime Minister or any leader then of course if I miss the opportunity then certainly I feel uncomfortable…But since I have no political agenda – there’s no problem.”
The Dalai Lama was questioned by reporters about the recent controversial comments from Sharon Stone, who claimed the earthquake in Sichuan, China was due to Karma.
Dalai Lama replied, "Every event is due to karma…So the tragedy on Tibet, tragedy in Burma, tragedy in China - all this is karmic. However, he didn’t defend Sharon Stone’s comment, saying: "But [Stone's] particular sort of comment - that I don't know."
Karma is a spiritual mindframe. As Wikipedia describes:
Through the law of karma, the effects of all deeds actively create past, present, and future experiences, thus making one responsible for one's own life, and the pain and joy it brings to him/her and others. The results or 'fruits' of actions are called karma-phala. In religions that incorporate reincarnation, karma extends through one's present life and all past and future lives as well.
Another definition of Karma from Britannica:
Karma in Indian philosophy, the influence of an individual’s past actions on his future lives, or reincarnations. The doctrine of karma reflects the Hindu conviction that this life is but one in a chain of lives (saṃsāra) and that it is determined by man’s actions in a previous life. This is accepted as a law of nature, not open to further discussion. The moral energy of a particular act is preserved and fructifies automatically in the next life, where it shows up in one’s class, nature, disposition, and character. The process is mechanical, and no interference by God is admitted, except by some of the later and more extreme theists. Thus the law of karma explains the inequalities that are observed among creatures.
You can find Karma in other religions as well. In the Bible it says "for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap".
Sharon Stone later apologized to China for her comments.
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