Is it, then, incorrect to say that the object itself has karma: if the
contact and feeling of it is karmically conditioned?
Or perhaps there is something in the person who perceives that generates vedana. In yogacara, we'd call that a transformation. There are three of them that occur. A sense perception is ultimately warped first by the store house ...
Vedana and Sañña arise only if three conditions were present in he first place: sense organ/faculty, sense-stimuli and consciousness specific to that organ/faculty. These three conditions are what is known as 'contact'.
Kamma can be understood as intentional deeds and as the continuation of habitual intentions underlying thoughts, words and bodily actions.
Mystery solved, reading another translation of MA 2 with footnote
THE MADHYAMA ĀGAMA
Le zhu shi, Pāli sukha-vihāra. In the Chinese textual tradition the final character shi,
“room, abode,” is sometimes mistaken as kong, “emptiness.” Another variant is ding,
That kong/空 is a scribal error ...
Good, interesting find. Here is what I think:
Jhanas are not just a list of four separate states, they are a progression of the same principle developing and getting stronger from one phase to another.
The principle is that as our skill (of seeing and overcoming obstacles to peace, which is what meditation, and indeed the entire Buddhist path, is about) ...