Karma provides clear, precise evidence that what we do is our own action, and what we get back is the result of our own state of being, as opposed to the work of a divine planner who plans the world, gives duties to particular people, punishes some, and rewards others. The traditional analogy for the creation of karma is a potter’s wheel. As the wheel continually turns, you throw clay on the wheel and the clay becomes a pot. The constant struggle of trying to maintain oneself is like the rotating potter’s wheel. Trying to solidity our actions for the purpose of security is like throwing clay on the wheel. Then, the pot or the cup is made–and we’ve created our own coffin, our own heaven or hell or whatever.
From “Karma,” in Cynicism and Magic: Intelligence and Intuition on the Buddhist Path, page 49-50.
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