On Karma and Luck

Written by Nick Hoang • November 4, 2020

A central teaching in Buddism is karma. “What you sow, you get” kind of thing. This philosophy posits that your fortune or misfortune today is the result of all the things you have done in this life and all your previous lives.

Marc Andreessen and Gay Hendricks talks about the concept of “making your own luck” where what you perceive as pure chance is actually the result of you having done the right things, having met the right people, then a chain of actions/reactions leads to this singular event.

That led me to think. Maybe what we call luck is just karma in action.

Corollary: if you are experiencing a string of “bad luck”, maybe it’s time to get out there and do more good. In time, karma will naturally return your fortunes with “good luck”.