My conclusion that free will is an illusion is based on Buddhist teaching on dependent arising and emptiness.
[FONT="]How do you distinguish between choice and free will? How does one make compassionate choices? Determinism / fatalism is rejected by Buddhism, I think.[/FONT]
[FONT="]Basic Buddhism: The Theory of Karma -[/FONT]
“If the present life is totally conditioned or wholly controlled by our past actions, then certainly Karma is tantamount to fatalism or determinism or predestination. If this were true, free will would be an absurdity. Life would be purely mechanistic, not much different from a machine. Being created by an Almighty God who controls our destinies and predetermines our future, or being produced by an irresistible Karma that completely determines our fate and controls our life’s course, independent of any free action on our part, is essentially the same. The only difference lies in the two words God and Karma. One could easily be substituted for the other, because the ultimate operation of both forces would be identical.
Such a fatalistic doctrine is not the Buddhist law of Karma.”