A student asked:
-For all the different people who have come to listen to your words, please tell us about the way you have found and know.
The Buddha answered:
-When you take things it is because of a thirst, a clinging...
This is not so much a Zen question as a metaphysical one. So I will answer it in like kind. Eternity is comprised of every conceivalble variation. The begining, middle and end in each varient is already mapped out. So yes, everything is predetermined, and because you have the ability to chose by free will an altrrnate path, it is also true that you determin your fate,though your ideal destination may not be the outcome. It is like wandering a maze with infinite soloutions, each time you start again the linear story will appear diffrent.Yet all of it has already occured all at once within the blink of eternity.
Reply from Joe Chip
Change your karma - consider your intentions; consider your motives.