The path of self-cultivation to change karma is often
considered the holy path, but it is also the most difficult
and longest path. Cultivators who want to change karmas are
those who have to wade against the river or go against the
flow of life, the normal life of the world. The river flows
downstream, it flows into the sea, to go back is to find the
source of the river, where it came from. Those who know how
to practice and want to transfer karma are the ones who find
In the eyes of the world, this is unrealistic. Not being
realistic is not as easy as ordinary people. Plowing the
fields, hoeing, selling... or anything else in life is
really not difficult to do, just need to be taught and
worked hard to learn and follow. But thinking and finding
out the origin and meaning of life, of human life, of
people, of life and death is not an easy thing to do. The
thinking was a difficult thing. Still have to live in
poverty and frugality, and give up all enjoyment of sensual
pleasures. So here, studying and transferring karma is
really a difficult thing to do.
Talking about the road, the right path, following the flow
of life will take you somewhere, the end of the road will be
a place to stay, a place to rest, a temple, a house, a nest
warm, a home, a village, a town, or just a forest, a hill...
But people who practice changing karma go against this path.
That is, a cultivator does not go on the road to stop, even
if you stop at a temple, let alone a house, a nest, or a
family... Nor do you stop at a wish, any wish, any hope, let
alone any ambition, any desire, even an ideal! And so is
walking on a road that leads nowhere, with nothing to gain,
with neither success nor satisfaction, no fulfillment at
all! Even if you know that you are looking for the source,
finding the truth, or walking on the path, a cultivator must
also let go of everything, not holding on to anything, not
being attached to anything! Walk on the path to liberation
from the path. To launch yourself out of the way. This is
the hard thing, too hard!
Thus, the matter of giving up living at home to practice and
transfer karma is a decision that starts from understanding,
from wisdom, and must have full predestined, favorable,
predestined conditions, not only that, but one also has to
rely on willpower. Having enough merit and predestined
conditions is not certain without trying, patiently and
persistently to overcome many arduous challenges. The
celibacy must also be extremely strong, firm as a stone
table, practicing non-stop, diligently every minute and
every second. Because precepts are not easy to follow and
karma is unpredictable. In addition, it is not easy to keep
the mind unshaken before the Eight Winds of the World. Even
if you turn your back on the world, you are still influenced
and governed by the Eight Winds of Life. The Eight Winds of
the world are:
- Gain and loss,
- Love and hate,
- Praise and criticize,
- Pleasure and suffering,
These eight winds often blow loudly in the stream of life,
in the life of an ordinary person. There is no one who is
not moved by the Eight Winds of this world, even those who
have left home, are still shaken by the gain and loss of
material things, benefits, offerings, enjoyment, food, and
happiness. Living, clothing, medicine… Still agitated by
feelings of loving this person, hating that person, liking
this, this, not liking that, that. Or conversely, being
loved by one person is hated by the other, being esteemed
here, and despised by another... Still being moved by the
praise and criticism for themselves as well as falling into
the praise and criticism of the other person. , other
things... Still agitated by situations that make you happy,
comfortable, or painful, miserable. So, not when entering
the monastic path, when wearing a monk's robe over the body,
greed, hatred, and delusion, afflictions and obstacles will
naturally fall off, disappearing into space!
There are people who often misunderstand like that, so once
they see a monastic whose reactions or actions are still
tinged with greed, hatred, and delusion, they are
disrespectful, and no longer respect and trust the monastic
again. Sometimes even worse, they also lose faith in the
Sangha and the Buddha's teachings, no longer eager to visit
temples, worship Buddha, visit or study. This is a big
mistake and a very unfortunate loss of benefit. They do not
know that the life of a monastic is twice as difficult as
that of a layman. Every move of a monk is watched,
scrutinized, and evaluated very quickly, very quickly, very
heavily in the eyes of the worldly! They forget that
monastics are just people walking on the path of practice,
not saints yet!
Cultivators who want to change their true karma are no
different from those who plow, plant and fertilize to
harvest rice. Just like a farmer has to work in the field
every year, if he neglects to take care of the crops every
year, the farmer will be poor and hungry. Practitioners want
to transfer karma if they don't have the days to live
together, promote each other, not plow the field of mind,
cultivate wisdom, and cultivate the way of karma, how can
they have the conditions to create the blessed field for
sentient beings? As a result, a person who cultivates karma
is likened to a true plowman. Mind is the largest field of
blessings, if anyone knows how to plow the garden of the
mind, cultivate, nurture, and train properly, it will
flower, bear Bodhi fruit, and achieve enlightenment and
When the mind is not yet cultivated, at first it is like a
wasteland full of weeds, the mind is filled with the toxins
of lust, anger, and delusion. and affliction. And especially
always being dominated by the five hindrances:
- Lust, anger, drowsiness, agitation, and doubt.
If your mind has not yet been cultivated, then all kinds of
afflictions and Fetters will multiply, and the mind will
become polluted, bound, and polluted, so you will surely
forever be in the sufferings of samsara.
Therefore, if a practitioner wants to transfer karma, he or
she must first cultivate the mind and train the mind.
Because the mind is the source of happiness and suffering.
Therefore, the mind needs to be controlled and cultivated,
like a field that needs to be plowed, weeded, and fertilized
to make the rice paddy more and more lush. The mind that is
cultivated according to the true dharmas will uproot all
defilements and fetters, leading to the fruit of true
happiness and peace. Therefore, a person who knows how to
practice properly transfer karma is no different from a
farmer who is diligently plowing his fields and gardens day
and night. According to Samyutta Nikaya, the Farmer
- Once the Buddha was staying at Karanda-Venuvana in
Rajagrha City. At that time, in the north of Rajagrha City,
there lived a Brahmin who plowed the fields.
Once, early in the morning, the Buddha put on his robes,
took his bowl, and went to a Brahmin for alms. At that time
the Brahmin, seeing the Buddha approaching from afar, said
to the Buddha:
- Dear Gotama! We have to work hard to get food to eat, we
have never begged anyone before, and you don't plow, you
don't do anything, you should cultivate like us. !
The Buddha very eloquently replied:
- I also cultivate! But, the field I plow is not an ordinary
field, but I plow a field of great merit.
The peasant Brahmin immediately felt strange and said:
- Dear Gotama! If you say you plow the field, why have I
never seen your field? Where is the seed sown? You also have
no buffalo, no plow, no tools for plowing, harrowing, etc.
Why do you say you are also plowing the field? If you say
you have a plow, please tell me about the method of plowing.
The Blessed One then replied:
- Usually, farmers plow the field, and it is necessary to
have seeds sown, And the field I plow is to use faith as a
seed. Because faith is the birthplace of merit. Faith is the
seed of all merit. The Buddhadharma is like a great ocean.
If you have faith, you can enter, if you have wisdom, you
will pass. Therefore, faith is the seed, I have such a seed.
- So where should the seeds be planted?
- Of course, there must be a good field! In the Buddhadharma
there is a good field, which is the good dharma, and the
place where the good dharma is practiced is my good field.
Diligence is the buffalo. But only buffalo is not enough, if
you want to know where the land needs to be plowed and
harrowed, you need to guide the direction, and wisdom is the
In addition, if you want to produce good crops, you must
plow the field and make the soil fresh and spongy. Shameful
Mind is my plowed land. With that shameful mind that you
realize your mistake, need to sincerely repent, must not
hide the sin inside, and need to expose it.
Therefore, plowing the field is shameful mind. Cultivators
need to sincerely repent, so I also have a plow.
Not only have tools and buffaloes, but also need someone to
plow the field well, that is to keep in a state of
mindfulness. In addition to mindfulness, the body, mouth,
and mind also need to be in harmony, using skillful means to
protect the senses, so that the body, mouth, and mind are
pure. Farmers use bridles to tame their horses, monastics
take precepts as bridles so that the mind of the monkey, and
the mind of the horse can be subdued, their body and speech
pure, and also the purity of precepts. Cultivation also
needs to weed. Pulling out weeds, in Buddhism, is to remove
Cultivation must also keep up with the rainy season and need
to constantly water the field to absorb water. In the same
way, the cultivator should not be treated with any kind of
entertainment. They need to be constantly diligent in order
to infiltrate the field of good dharma so that they can reap
good harvests. In the same way, farmers who work hard to
weed and cultivate can reap abundantly; And so are the
cultivators, who strive to eliminate defilements, cultivate
and study good dharmas, aim for peaceful liberation, and
attain eternal peace.
You work diligently to plow, and the result can be harvested
rice, but I plow, can reap the nectar liberated from birth
and death. You can only resist the suffering of hunger and
thirst, but I practice because I will eliminate suffering
and forever be free from samsara in the three realms.
As soon as the Brahmin heard this, he greatly praised:
- Dear World Honored One! You are the best plowman, and that
field is the best field.
Through this story, if you want to transfer karma, you must
first sow pure faith, choose good fields, practice good
Dharma everywhere, be diligent, have a balanced mind, and
use wisdom to lead. And there is a shame for self and shame
for others, making mistakes, repenting, and being mindful.
Body, mind, mouth, and mind are all pure, with the
elimination of afflictions, with unceasing continuity,
without laziness to cultivate the good field of kusala. Only
continuously without interruption in the practice of kusala,
with the exception of defilements, can the nectar of
liberation be attained.
Because the noble purpose of human life is the end of
suffering, the attainment of peace, and the liberation of
nirvana. Material possessions are part of life, but it's not
everything. The wealth created there but not sure you fully
enjoy it, because it can:
- Burned by fire,
- Being swept away by water or being robbed by washing...
Rice is a product that the farmer plows and harrows only to
meet the problem of the fullness of the stomach. While human
life depends on many other issues. The stomach is full, but
the soul is hungry, it means nothing. The suffering of a
donkey and a camel carrying a heavy load is not yet
suffering, the greatest suffering in human life is not
knowing how to choose the path, not knowing how to cultivate
to change karma. So, knowing to choose for you the right
path, that path must really lead you to true peace and
liberation. To do so, you have to work day and night to plow
the field of mind. Thereby practice:
- Do not indulge in sleep, nourish the body but forget the
mission of liberation practice.
- Need to practice the Seven elements of bodhi and the Four
immeasurables: loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and
- Often pay attention to the Four kinds of mindfulness:
body, feeling, mind, and dharma.
- Must sow the seeds of faith, use the plow of wisdom and
the power of meditation to plow and cultivate the field of
mind, then you will definitely get the result of liberation
and enlightenment. There is no suffering equal to the
suffering of samsara, and there is no greater joy than the
joy of nirvana.
If a person creates more or less good karma, then their
accumulated good karma will bring them the result of being
reborn in the heavens, or the tranquil and happy realms.
Others will be reborn as humans.
Nowadays, there are many people in the world who only run
after their desires and spend their whole lives fulfilling
their sensual desires for everything. Your habitual mind has
created your actions and even conditioned attachments from
past lives and in this life. So you just follow karma, and
your karma is always controlling you, without you realizing
- I want it
- I want that
- I hate that person
- I love the other person ...
These habitual karmic forces are stored in the eighth
consciousness. If you do not practice, do not change karma,
after death your karma will attract you to rebirth in the
lower realms of animals, hungry ghosts, or hell. If you sow
a cause, you will reap the same fruit. That is the law of
cause and effect in this world. It's not special. The Buddha
did not invent the view of cause and effect, but he only
taught this basic thing based on his realization of the
world of existence. When the Buddha was enlightened, he
clearly felt that the path by which sentient beings wandered
from another kind of rebirth, sometimes human, sometimes
animal, sometimes a hungry ghost, etc., was always attached.
with what you want. So how do you keep your mind good right
now, to create your whole new life? It also creates your
next life. Therefore, practicing to change karma is a very
You come from your thoughts and desires. If you are
thinking, you are creating karma then karma controls you. If
you completely cut off all thought attachment then you are
not creating any karma whether good or bad. So the most
important way to avoid falling into samsara is to not create
anything in your mind in this present moment. A disciple
- Master, if I do good deeds all the time, I can change
karma, isn't that right?
A famous Patriarch said:
- Karma is created by the mind, if the mind does not arise,
the karma will not exist.
This is a very important question. You must understand that
good deeds cannot change karma either. Good actions may give
you some happiness, but happiness is also what people call
good karma, but good karma is still karma, and karma is
created by thoughts, they are always changing. So good karma
also can eventually turn into bad karma.
In short, creating karma is also due to the mind that does
not know how to let go, tolerate, and forgive. Once you are
killed, betrayed, or cheated then just want revenge. And so,
this mind keeps pursuing, finding the murderer, who has
betrayed and deceived you to claim your life and debt.
Resentment to borrow and pay, pay and borrow again, never
finished. With this mind of relentless pursuit, of course,
you have to plunge into samsara.
On the contrary, the loving, affectionate mind, too
attached, too infatuated you can't leave the person you
love, have been passionate about, used to be happy together.
So you have to go to reincarnation to go back to find your
old lover, but you can't find it! Again, there are people
who have not finished a project in the present life, but
still have regrets in their hearts, so they can't let go,
and still wish for... reincarnation in order to continue the
After all, if reincarnation is to do good and good for
people and for humanity, it should be, but this can only be
done by bodhisattvas. Because these bodhisattvas no longer
create karma and can go in and out freely in samsara, even
though they still suffer the karma of many previous lives.
And ordinary people like you or us can't be so free, because
both receiving old karma and creating new karma, and just
being swept away by karma. If you want to do so, then you
should also practice becoming a Bodhisattva before you want
to go in and out of birth and death freely, but while and
when you are not strong enough to escape samsara, you should
also listen to the Buddha's words, and first stop the
rotation of the wheel life and death! There a new horizon
will be opened for those who receive the message of
compassion and wisdom of the Buddha. The road upstream of
birth and death is still waiting for you to set out,
embarking on the biggest revolution of all human lives.