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Sukhothai Monk venerates the gold-leaf covered hand of the Phra Achana Buddha inside a mondop (altar pavilion) at Wat Si Chum (Temple Of The Bodhi Tree). - [someone else's caption]

"Present effects are due to karmic causes from the past. However, future effects arise from the causes we make in the present. It is always the present that counts. It is what we do in the present moment that decides our future; our past causes do not govern our future as well. Nichiren Buddhism emphasizes that no matter what kind of karmic causes we have made in the past, through the causes we make in the present we can achieve a brilliant future." ~Daisaku Ikeda