Waking Essence: FUTURE LIVES? #Lucky #LiveWell #Buddhism
If there are past and future lives, one has to wonder - how did I get to this one? Whether through karmic ripening or virtuous actions, you have come to have this precious human life. According to Buddha’s teachings, you are very fortunate to be here, to have this opportunity is rare.
At a retreat I attended in the Kadampa tradition, I have heard it put this way. We are fortunate to be here. Whether or not there are future lives, we would do well to “pack our spiritual bags” by living a good life while in this one. There are four scenarios to consider.
If you live well and there are future lives, then you have put yourself in a good position for the next one.
If you pack your spiritual bags and there are no future lives, wonderful, you have done some good in this world.
If you don’t live a good life and there are no future lives, well then, you gambled and won.
Finally, if you don’t pack your spiritual bags and there are future lives, well you have gambled and lost, and, in your next life, you may not be so fortunate.