Ah, who should I trust ... Kanzeon, or the Dalai Lama himself?
Q: Could Your Holiness please explain why the result of karma is sometimes instant and why on other occasions we have to wait lifetimes before the causal effect occurs? |
His Holiness: One factor would be the intensity of the karmic action itself. Another factor is the extent to which the various other conditions that are necessary for that karma to ripen are complete, and this is dependent, in turn, on other karmic actions. Vasubandhu addressed this issue in the Abhidharmakosha, in which he states that, generally speaking, the karmic actions which are the most forceful tend to produce their effects first. If the intensity of a karmic action is equal to that of another karmic action, then the result of the action with which the individual is most familiar tends to ripen first. However if two karmic actions are equally forceful and equally familiar, then the one that is committed earlier tends to produce its result first.
Taken from Page 92 of The Essential Dalai Lama - His Teachings.
Notice that the Dalai Lama did not say, "Oh, but karma is never instant. It is exceedingly slow."
Kanzeon, I think you do not appreciate the grace I have exhibited in this thread. I have been tactfully correcting only a few of your misconceptions, so as to save you from too much embarrassment.