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Chanda is a reason for Tanha. Ignorance (Avidya) is the cause for Chanda means it's the cause for Tanha. Then Tanha causes to increases the Chanda's density towards something. Nirvana is understanding Chanda towards something is a useless thing. As nothing in this world is going to satisfy the intention (Chanda) the living beings have. That's why no one can ...


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I often hear that Karma is determined by intention. I want to know how they are all related. What comes first? What gets abandoned in meditation and Nirvana? Intention is kamma. It is not the only thing that is thought of as kamma. Intending one perceives, intending one conceives. Origin of kamma is contact. Contact is one end, origin of contact is the ...


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Doing a job has to deal with people, handling situation, deciding what to do and what not to do, etc...in each of the actions, there is a kamma either good or bad kamma. e.g. smiling to co-worker at work is good kamma, talking bad on someone behind him/her is bad kamma


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Suppose a butcher or a hunter slaughters an animal and dies shortly afterwards and inb4 the meat is sold. Then a person buys the meat from the deceased butcher's widow who herself doesn't kill and there are no other people involved. Here the buying of meat does in no way leads to further killing and the stupid argument of buying meat being equated to ...


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The use of left-handed arguments to justify consumption of meat and, by extension, the killing of hapless animals cannot be accepted by anyone who claims to follow the Buddha. I think that is so plain and simple, convoluted logic notwithstanding. About the Buddha eating pork, the historical evidence is vague at best. He died of dysentery after consuming ...


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First Theravada monk do not cook, they alms round, hence they do not purchase meat. They eat meat that was given and must qualified by not seeing killing, not hearing killing, not suspect killing is for him. So, your question is towards Buddhist layperson I think. As Buddhist follower, a layperson practices minimum 5 precepts, for us to avoid bad kamma. ...


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Your perplexity is based on the assumption that maybe a world evolves without consciousness and in the world there comes to be what is called mind, consciousness and intellect. Therefore you wonder how mind having ceased here arises there. In the Buddhist texts it is explained that the world is conceived & perceived by mind. A simple analogy is how your ...


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Buddha taught a middle way between annihilationism & eternalism, and taught that either view is seriously problematic. The first corresponds to simple materialism, that our life ends completely with the body. The latter to transmigration of an eternal soul. A well known Buddhist metaphor for rebirth without transmigration: The king asked: "...


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It's good, good householder, to fear such terrible and being reminded that if not reaching the stream, one is still able to make all, even the most worse deeds. Most people think their intentions are for sure and might not have come in situation where confusion and wrong view can lead to such "crazy" acts. Once listened to the good Dhamma, having ...


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Is this counted as bad karma? I think "karma" in Buddhism is defined as "intentional action" or something like that. Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. It seems to me from your description that the "imagination" and "voice" are just perceptions which ...


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Is sexual thought about holy figures unforgivable sin? They are not on any list of unforgivable bad things. There are 5 major obstacles which block path attainments and lead to hell: Abhithanani; i. matricide, ii. patricide, iii. the murder of arahants (the Consummate Ones), iv. the shedding of the Buddha's blood, v. causing schism in the Sangha, and vi. ...


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I was diagnosed at the age of 21 with OCD, after spending most of my teenage and young adult years suffering immense pain and shame from unwanted and intrusive thoughts. The most persistent manifestation of this experience was intrusive and repetitive thoughts about my sexuality. In short, I would constantly think I was gay. In reality, if I was gay, it ...


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There are some great answers here so I hope you read all of them and consider. Another thing that may help is to realize that those thoughts you are experiencing are not YOU. They don't define YOU. They are not an inherent part of who you are. They are merely thoughts that arise and cease. What you have is a habit. A very uncomfortable one that is ...


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I'm going second arturovm's suggestion that you seek clinical help. Persistent destructive thoughts (whether of the self or of others) should not be ignored, if only to preserve one's own mental balance. There's no harm in discussing your own suffering, particularly if it keeps that suffering from spreading to others... That in mind, you might spend some ...


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First, it seems like you’re suffering, and I’m sorry to read that. I sincerely hope you find release from your troubles. Having said that, I will attempt to put your worries to rest by pointing out that the Buddha repeatedly states that Kamma arises from performing action with intention. There are a variety of canonical sources exploring the relationship ...


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I think that you need to find people who can help you manage this condition. With a case like this one might have to try different things to work it out because many things can be causing this. Therefore it is difficult to give any particular advice. Sometimes things like this can be caused by evil spirits and sometimes these things can become an obsessive ...


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You need to do something which shows respect for the people you think you are killing. For example you can bow before them, you can touch their feet , you can ask for forgiveness. At the same time do not run away from such thoughts which generate bad feelings ... ultimately it is not your feeling... that which is not yours would like to give importance to it ...


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Is sexual thought about holy figures unforgivable sin? No. But it takes you on a wrong path. A path which you must avoid for your own sake. Am I creating bad karma by thinking about it over and over again? Don’t run away. Thoughts can be good , bad and neutral which actually means associated feelings are good bad and neutral ...now when you come across bad ...


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Random thoughts (like random sexual 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 evil intentions. And now ...


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What exactly is rebirth? And what exactly is death? Most people take rebirth to be the rebirth of oneself into a new life. If we zoom further into what this means, this is the continuation of the same consciousness that is aware of its surroundings and its thoughts into a new body with a new identity and new life. The same consciousness from birth wandered ...


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Venerable Thanissaro already has given a definitive answer for this question drawn from the Canon 27. If there’s no self, what gets reborn? The Buddha never said that there is no self. He never said that there is a self. The whole question of whether or not the self exists was one he put aside. There’s a common misconception that the Buddha started with the ...


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