So it seems the practice is to break the pattern. To look inside and be changed:
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Here is a great excerpt from a talk by Alan Watts about Karma:
“Karma is neither good nor bad. There is no such thing as good or bad karma. Karma also has no requirement to “face consequences”.
Karma is often confused with a system of cause/effect or misinterpreted as some kind of cosmic retribution. It is neither.
Karma means “action”. It comes from the Sanskrit root “kree” meaning “to do”. It has nothing to do with good or bad.
Life itself is of independent origination. All things are interdependently interrelated. This arises. That becomes.
Those who are bound by karma act in order to achieve a result. These people are said to be bound by their karma. Indeed, the cycle of Life and Death can be seen as a form of bondage. To repeat the game of hide and seek forever.
To break the chains of karma one must “do” things without thought of an outcome. To do just to do. To perform an action without attachment to an outcome.
This ties in to the Meaning of Life which is just, “to live”.
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.”
“Paradoxical as it may seem, the purposeful life has no content, no point. It hurries on and on, and misses everything. Not hurrying, the purposeless life misses nothing, for it is only when there is no goal and no rush that the senses are fully open to receive the world.”
Either one does an “action” and seeks a result (either good or bad; it doesn’t matter) and is thus bound by their karma or one performs purposeless “action” and is not bound by karma.
Karma always works it’s way into Life for karma is the interdependent origination of all the forms and functions of Living.
What happens if you have karma and die before facing consequences? Nothing. Because there are no consequences to face. Reality continues.”