Karma follows oneself like a shadow follows a body. To purify or get rid of this shadow, only recognition of and stability in the buddha nature can really help. Nobody else can throw karma away. No single person, not even the strongest man in this southern Jambu Continent, has been able to cast away cause and effect and be freed from karma. Karma follows one like a shadow. Karma is like that. To create white karma is to practice the true teachings; to create black karma is to practice negative actions. Their effect is infallible. You will have to experience the results of karma, your own actions. You must really understand this.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
translated by Erik Pema Kunsang & Marcia Binder Schmidt
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