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There's no sin in Buddhism. Buddha will not be offended if you're thinking some silly thoughts. Don't hurt yourself with this fear. No need to perpetuate those silly thoughts either, it won't do you any good. Focus on what's beneficial. Such as study of Dharma. Karma is not watching you, it does not revenge or punish. Karma is the future you build with your ...


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In its simplest and clearest sense, karma is merely the recognition that the universe is a cohesive and coherent whole, not a collection of individual things moving independently of each other. When one takes an action, the results of that action spread out through the world, like ripples spreading over a pond. And like ripples spreading in a pond, the ...


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The situation regarding your mother These thoughts you experience come from previous experiences. They are a wind/energy, or lung in Tibetan, flowing through your body channels and chakras and being experienced by your perception. You are experiencing an energy that has been accumulated in your subtle energy body when you understandably made a judgment ...


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Intention readies the body for action and may direct emotion. Intention is directed conscious energy. When we think about doing something, where does that energy go? Thoughts like these are created before every conscious action as a means to mitigate the quantity and quality of the repercussion. If an individual cultivates an intention enough, the chances of ...


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Karma can be expressed like the magnetic push or pull that defines the universal law of 'cause and effect'. Karma follows a similar rule as le Chatelier's principle in chemistry and in physics Newton's third law of motion. Unfortunately when it comes to cause and effect with people, there is always a bigger picture when it comes to a cultivated situation ...


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Yes, your bad thoughts about your mother obviously collect bad karma. In Buddhism, to actually hurt your parents is the most serious bad kamma. If you have thoughts to hurt your parents then obviously there is a serious problem occurring in your life. The impression is you are blaming your mother for something, for example, such as if your mother is making ...


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Random thoughts don't collect much bad karma. Intentional and deliberate thoughts generate karma. Habitual intentional thoughts accumulate karma. Now, you are feeling remorse because you had those thoughts. What you should do is acknowledge that those are random thoughts. Acknowledge that you don't have the intention to harm her. And now you should ...


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Excellent question Tahlia. Karma follows Dharma, of which intention is a part. You will find Karma is most present surrounding those who are of tranquil mind and heart. To understand the nature of Karma in a nutshell: Imagine a bubble that surrounds every individual. When an intention is created the shape of the bubble changes in order to support the ...


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Just only with an instant unwholesome thought (without any physical action or verbal action) is generally not bad kamma; particularly if the true nature of that unwholesome thought is fully understood; but habitual unwholesome thoughts (without any physical action or verbal action) is certainly bad kamma because habitual bad thoughts are signs of inherent ...


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The text below is taken from the collected teaching of Ajahn Chah - ' about being careful ' As It reads bad karma doesn't happen by sudden arising of thought. So, some people feel that these sudden arisings of thought are wrong or evil. You may have an impulse to kill someone. But you are aware of it in the next instant, you realize that killing is wrong, ...


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I'm not sure -- there might be something about this in the Abhidhamma, which I don't know. I think that when a thought arises, that's a result of past karma. But an "action" can be mental, as well as (or instead of) physical or verbal. And for example, when a thought arises (as a result of past karma), then an action such as deciding whether that ...


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Yes, from multiple suttas we see that karma can be done by way of the mind and intentional thoughts only. In fact, according to the first verses of the Dhammapada, the mind precedes all mental states. It's more important than words and actions. From Nibbedhika Sutta: "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, &...


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Observing the five precepts, Right Action, Right Speech and Right Livelihood, i.e. virtues (sila), with heedfulness (appamāda), with the right intentions, certainly generates good karma. In addition, accumulation of wealth as a layperson and use of this wealth in a generous, charitable way, is also good karma, generating merit. Observance of the five ...


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There are clearly things we should avoid. This list is important because such things can trip up even "ordinary jobs" and lead to bad kamma: MN117:29.1: And what is wrong livelihood? Deceit, flattery, hinting, and belittling, and using material possessions to chase after other material possessions. This is wrong livelihood. Leaving aside the ...


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Do we have to be in a position to help millions, like the Dalai Lama or Ajahn Brahma, or just an ordinary guy doing ordinary routine will also get one in higher realms? Wickedness gets you reborn in hell. Lust gets you reborn among the animals. Gluttony and greed gets you reborn as a ghost. Morality that is tainted by vanity and pride gets you reborn among ...


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I would say that the work itself is not where the karma is made. That being said work environments are excellent places to make good karma. By applying right intention (non ill-will, non cruelty, renunciation) in your relations to things, people and yourself you build good karma.


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AN 6.63 says kamma is intention. However it appears intention is at most only mental kamma Kamma is of three types: bodily, verbal & mental It is intention that I call deeds. Cetanāhaṃ, bhikkhave, kammaṃ vadāmi. For after making a choice one acts Cetayitvā kammaṃ karoti— by way of body, speech and mind. kāyena vācāya manasā.


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Cetana is the intention that produces the action (karma). In my current understanding, cetana first makes its presence known after the inclusion of sensory perceptions which is interwoven with a feeling tone - either pleasant, unpleasant or neutral - from which one, some, all of these actions occur: more perceptions (thoughts & feelings), speech or ...


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No. One's own karma affects oneself. A parent's bad karma does not affect his or her children's experience of the effects of karma. From AN 3.36: “Then King Yama says: ‘Through heedlessness, good man, you failed to do good by body, speech, or mind. Surely, they will treat you in a way that fits your heedlessness. That bad kamma of yours was not done by your ...


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Although an old question, perhaps worth another perspective since this type of speculation often resurfaces. On the most basic level, one could say that adhering to the 5 precepts, also contained in Right Action and Right Speech, goes a long way - if not all the way - to maintaining Right Livelihood. Right Livelihood at its core "And what is right ...


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