Karma purification takes two main forms: applying the 4 Rs (Regret, Reliance, Resolve, and Reparation) to those previous acts that have not yet ripened, and enduring with patience the consequences of previous acts that are already ripening. We have paid much attention to the former (greatmiddleway.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/four-powers-of-purification/), but the latter is equally necessary.
“Enduring with patience” is not passive resignation. We utilize our suffering to reduce the suffering of others. How? We also apply the 4 Rs, but with a different focus.
- We regret the cause of our present suffering, rather than the suffering itself, which is only an effect.
- We rely on the instructions of the Buddha, contemplating the Five Remembrances:
- I am sure to age. I cannot avoid aging.
- I am sure to become ill. I cannot avoid illness.
- I am sure to die. I cannot avoid death.
- I am sure to be separated from all that…
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