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” Is what you’re saying, that even if you’ve purified yourself to the point that the Buddha had, there may still be karma that has to play out; it’s not that he couldn’t let go of what caused his back pain, it’s that it still had to run it’s course?”

Sara with regard to what you have said here, and the remaining karma that gave the Buddha Back pain…what he had let go was all conflict he had with it, so that it cause him nothing more that physical discomfort which was bare able. In some cases karma is strong enough for some residual charge to remain even after we have reached a total state of equanimity and enlightenment.