why do terrible things happen to good people?

my question has to do with previous life experiences. when terrible things happen to a person is this life caused from being a bad person in your previous life?? i have had some evil people cross my path and wonder how does this fit in with buddhism?? i don't wish to have this follow me to my next life. chanting nam myoho-renge-kyo is has been a blessing to me and keeps my ptsd in check. peace to all for it is not a dream but real.

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Comment by Gerri Davis on February 8, 2010 at 9:22pm
my life partner (soon to be separated) has many health issues and continues to be a strong person. She became a district leader and has now left Buddhism and became a Baptist. I really don't mind that because as long as she is seeking spirtuality it is all "good" to me. I did wonder though at one time why her life is so difficult with her health issues. If there is another life to come (makes sense to me), I know and feel she will have a better one.
Comment by sandra shelp on February 8, 2010 at 8:28pm
thanks Herb for responding. your advise is good. especially love your statement about guilt having no place in buddhism. its hard for victims not to feel guilty. chanting and studying helps to fight guilt. being happy each day is my goal. peace to you.
Comment by Herb R Barker on February 8, 2010 at 12:30am
Not to sound too simplistic, but I suppose the "good people" to whom you infer, (I suppose I can include myself here lol) made some causes somewhere in time and space as Albert Einstein might say to experience the effects of some causes made. At least that's what I've always understood from my readings of our editorials. The law is strict, and all of us have to be cognizant at all times of what we think, speak and do, as the effects may not appear right away. As one raises one's life condition by chanting through-out one's life, naturally you will attract people of quality as a matter of course. This is natural I believe. A person born into the practice, I always think must have made some great causes in previous existences (not just lucky). Reading the Gosho (writings of Nichiren) I recall Nichiren pondering what evil causes he must have made in previous existences to receive such harsh effects in this life. (something to this effect as I recall). Make a vow to never to retreat from your practice. If you should fail somewhere in your life, then make the vow again. No place for guilt in Buddhism. Be determined to become the happiest person in your community, the country and the world. Have a great 2010 Oneness of Mentor/Dsciple

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