June 22, 2009
David Loy says in the Spring 2008 Tricycle:
If we are honest with ourselves, most of us aren't sure how literally [Buddhist teachings about karma] should be interpreted. Karma is perhaps most often taken as an impersonal and deterministic "moral law" of the universe, with a precise calculus of cause and effect comparable to Newton's laws of physics. This understanding, however, can lead to a severe case of cognitive dissonance for modern Buddhists, since the physical causality that science has discovered about the world seems to allow for no such mechanism.
What place if any does karma have in Buddhism today? Read the rest of Loy's piece here.