Remember this 1990 blockbuster: Flatliners ?

The key message? Everything a person does matters in and even after life.

As such, there is actually a strong though implicit element of Buddhism in the film: the law of causality.

Accordingly, whatever situation you are living in today is entirely due to your own past action, but not anybody's, let alone any mysterious causes from heaven or earth.

Paradoxically, Buddha's cultivation is about changing rather than accepting destiny. I read that it is fundamentally about eliminating any wandering thoughts from ones mind - such that ones life will no more be susceptible to any prophecy of fortune-telling.

It may not be readily understandable. But simply put, if cultivation is primarily about being mindful of ones own thoughts and actions so as to avoid any unnecessary mistakes, there is actually nothing mysterious about it. It is indeed a virtue.


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