(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
BUDDHIST PRACTITIONERS ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO KARMIC RETRIBUTION IN THEIR CURRENT LIFETIME?
Caller: Is it true that Buddhist practitioners are more susceptible to karmic retribution in their current lifetime?
Master Jun Hong Lu: This statement has a certain degree of truth to it. Buddhist practitioners are more “responsive” to the sentiments of present retribution as these sentiments serve as reminders to deter them from continuing to commit more major blunders. Let me quote you a very simple example, a physician will be very sensitive to even the most minute disorder in his body. However, for a non-medical practitioner, any slight disorder in his body will be conveniently ignored, and before he knew it, it has turned into a serious disorder one day and it took his life away.
Caller: As Buddhist practitioners, through our practice of Dharma, we may have some dreams, some “response” or we may even be receiving some “directives” from Bodhisattva, through which we are able to repent for, and perform recitation to offer merits to, our karmic creditors.
Master Jun Hong Lu: That’s right. One would rather suffer from some minor retributions. Otherwise, should such retributions be carried forward to the next life, the effect of major retributions will be even more drastic. Here is the concept: in the event that minor retribution did not take place, difficulties would appear for a person attempting to attain “perfection” from the many good deeds that they may have performed.< About Spiritual Cultivation