RESPONSIBILITY VS BLAME
If we accept the possibility that we ourselves have made all the causes for all the effects we currently experience in our lives, does that then mean the woman who suffers abuse at the hands of her husband or boyfriend is to blame for it? Or even worse, deserves it? Or that a baby is responsible for having been born into poverty?
From the Buddhist perspective, we are indeed responsible, but importantly not to blame, for every effect we experience (blame accruing only if we intend to yield a particular effect at the moment we made the cause for it). For example, if you buy a train ticket intending to go to New York but mistakenly board a train for Los Angeles, your own action makes you responsible for arriving in Los Angeles but not to blame for it (as arriving in Los Angeles wasn’t your…
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