The third contemplation in Mind Training is on the infallibility of karma, which is cause and effect. The word karma is often understood as a fate that is impossible to change or alter. But that is not the Buddhist concept of karma. The Buddha taught that one can do something about one’s karma. Happiness and suffering are created by karmic actions: they are the results of actions, and the actions are the result of our choice of what we do. We cannot change the results immediately, but we can still change the new causes that we create with our behavior.
from the book The Seven Points of Mind Training
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