The way of thinking in the time of Murasaki Shikibu – The Tale of Genji
We come from other lives on our way to other lives. This present life? A mere dream. Who we are in it, the roles we play, are not ours to shape but have been determined by circumstances in past lives going back eons. There’s not much we can do about it. So Buddhism teaches, or was held to teach. The perpetrator of evil no less than the injured party is a victim — of karma, fate.