Westerners learned about karma and perverted it. Classic, right? Karma is not this idea that you will be ‘saved’ in life for adhering to culturally acceptable values inherited from now-obsolete religious traditions. But karma is the fact that this action will have a consequence. That’s all it is. When we meditate, we step back a bit and see the direct consequences of our actions. Over time, we learn to adjust ourselves toward reality rather than living in a world of delusion. Don’t be a nice guy. Don’t be a moralist. Don’t be an altruist. Don’t avoid conflict or confrontation. Do what is honest and mindful, not what you think will get you praise. Zen mind is about strength and discipline, not indulging in petty false values just to get through the day.