Ever since I was a kid I have pirated and bought illegal copies of many different kind of media such as music, movies, video games and softwares.

Now as an adult do I have to pay for all these things legally? The problem is I have a family to take care of and if I had to repay all of these I might end up being in debt. The prices for these items will probably be different now anyway. Besides it will take a lot of time to remember all of the things I pirated.


The important thing is to start training.

Don't dwell on the past.

Angulimalla killed a bunch of people and still managed to not let it stop him from reaching Arahantship and your past should't be turned into a hindrance for you.

Angulimalla did stop doing stuff he would later regret and just trained.

If instead he thought 'i must make amends for this bad thing i did otherwise [ie serve the families, help out the orphans etc etc]' he would never have made it to max lvl. He could be a nanny.

He also did not escape his kamma, which he had to endure:

MN86:17.2: Now at that time someone threw a stone that hit Aṅgulimāla, someone else threw a stick, and someone else threw gravel. Then Aṅgulimāla—with cracked head, bleeding, his bowl broken, and his outer robe torn—went to the Buddha. The Buddha saw him coming off in the distance, and said to him, “Endure it, brahmin! Endure it, brahmin! You’re experiencing in this life the result of deeds that might have caused you to be tormented in hell for many years, many hundreds or thousands of years.”


Forget about it. Your actions did not cause any significant harm.

However, don't do it again, for the sake of developing Dhamma.


First of all, Sadhu, good householder, appreciation for seeing a fault.

Legal systems of sociaties often have the possibility of voluntary disclosure as a possibility to get free of remorse, look if there is a punish necessarily, and sometimes also ask the aggrieved juristic person if wishing to take part on the investigation.

Confession, (toward a teacher/good friend who has possible not equal offence), is called purification (if done toward a pure in this regard) and is already a release to be able to walk on, and the strong resolve not to do it again, knowing the disadvantage protect from repeating offend. Once confession is done, there is no more need to be pulled down, and the danger of repeating is good reduced by keep the disadvantages and risk of binding of having fallen in debt good in mind when taking on something.


(Note that this is not given for stacks, exchange or any trade that binds, but for release.)

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