Sow a deed and reap a habit
Sow a habit and reap a character
Sow a character and reap a destiny
hen we have integrated the first two practices of “retribution for wrongs” by acknowledging the functioning of karma, and “according with conditioned causes” acknowledging that our response to events defines our karma, we are then in a position to advance to the knowledge that our intention, regardless of whether it is dark or bright, will only perpetuate karma. While each of us may seek to have only bright karma with only bright ripening, this is still being bound to the wheel of karma and its ripening. It is at this stage that we can appreciate what the Buddha meant by “karma that is not dark and not bright.” Action without intention that is neither bright nor dark (and not merely action with unconscious intention of which we are unaware of the dark or bright aspect to the intention) is what is meant by the practice of having nothing to seek.
This is the excellent teaching of karma at the elementary level for beings who believe in a self and who don’t routinely believe that their own actions affect how they view their world and circumstances. Learning that trust is dependent on the presence or lack of the sense of nonseparation with others and the world is a very important step in learning about how karma works and ripens.