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3 days ago
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Boxing karma

by Denis Wallez (@DenisWallez)
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There's a fashionable use of “instant karma” at the moment on the internet, notably in relation to martial arts, boxing, fights… which is basically about fighters being ‘punished’ after being cocky, arrogant, overly confident, disrespectful of their opponent or blindly unaware of the risks they were taking. E.g. (not for the faint-hearted):

Unfortunately, while karma is clearly visible in such context, it's not how the popular use of the term suggests it is.

Karma, in this situation, appears thus:

A monk asked T'ou-tzu Ta-t'ung (819–914) “What is the final word?

The Chán master replied “The word you didn’t understand at the beginning.

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