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What are the characteristics of karmaless action? It leads to dispassion. Meaning, it's an action that reduces both karmic as well as mental / emotional entanglement. Normal pathological action leads to entanglement in issues and trouble. Typical example is a child of a dysfunctional family, who is forced to inherit the bad circumstances and negative ...


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I would suggest that it depends on how you relate to the success, your attitude to it. Relating an experience can be beneficial to the recipient in many cases, both in terms of use as a teaching and possibly of merit as you mention. In terms of telling about a successful experience as a teaching, this can be related to the Udayi Sutta in the Anguttara Nikaya,...


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It doesn't square well against the notion of Right Action (or Right Conduct) on the Noble Eightfold Path. The practitioner should train oneself to be morally upright in one's activities, not acting in ways that would be corrupt or bring harm to oneself or to others. (source) (emphasis added) If going to work while ill could cause others to become ill, ...


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From the Nibbedhika Sutta: "Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect. Also from Cetana Sutta (SN 12.38) below, we see that intention (cetana) provides a landing point for the continuation of karmic consciousness. [the Blessed One said,] "What one intends, what one arranges, and what one ...


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Next time better simply give, never expect something return, for bondage is seldom a help for both, all involved. If not able to give, that's "fine" as well, but never lend. Even if now saying "no need to pay back", for example, your friend might be even more lost. My person did, after doing such one or two times, never gave loans and it makes/made much ...


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Perhaps different buddhist traditions lead to different state of nibbana Even within one tradition there are different stages or degrees of enlightenment -- see for example Four stages of enlightenment. I think that this answer implies that the "awakening" which you quoted, i.e. ... According to his book Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, he came to ...


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They are basically the same word, though the anta suffix does give it some specific meaning. Remember that the word karma has heavy religious baggage in ancient India every though it simply means action, from the verbal root /kar = "in regards to doing". So kammanta is a way of specifying that one is merely talking about actual mundane action or ...


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From the New Concise Pali English Dictionary: kamma neuter work, occupation; activity, performance. act, deed, action or actions of moral import (producing for the agent an inevitable result or consequence in the same or another life; the action appears to exist in some sense until the effect is completed) an official act of the saṅgha (i.e. an ...


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This is an interesting question. Is morality objective? I recently watched a video where Tovia Singer, an orthodox Jewish rabbi, claimed that he once debated with an atheist. The atheist apparently stated that he did not need God and he is aware by himself that murder, theft and other immoral actions are wrong. To this, the rabbi responded that humans were ...


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The purpose of mudita is counter against envy arising in ourself for others. The purpose of metta is to counter against hate arising for others. The purpose of karuna is to counter against cruelty for others. We don't do something to try to encourage metta in others, though we can teach. We don't do something to try to encourage karuna in others, .... ...


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...what are the characteristics of karmaless actions? There's only one characteristic - for truth, it's Selfless/Anatman (無我) action. All Karmas are doing (actions), all doings signify there the doers. When the doer has ceased, there's no doing, hence no Karma. It's not my invention :). It's what Nagarjuna said. Read his Madhyamaka in Chinese original if ...


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Animate being are created through Dependent Origination, Nutriment, etc. The Buddha's teaching is for such beings. The part is morality, concentration and wisdom. Even this laws may engrain morality I am not sure if concentration and wisdom can be developed by a robot. A robot may have memory of the teachings but cannot practice. So robot cannot become ...


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This is one of the Hindrances which is Doubt. The best way to overcome this is wise attention, i.e., see through vipallasa by means of Vipassana as mentioned in the other answer. [Nīvarana,pahana Vagga, Yoniso Manasikāra Sampadā Sutta, Vipallasa Sutta]. Also see: Nīvaraṇa by Piya Tan, The 5 Mental Hindrances by Piya Tan,


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The bodily action and the verbal action are just a body. The body can not act without vedanā, saññā, cetanā, and cittā. Without it, the body is like a piece of wood in sutta. See, cittajarūpa in advance.


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While it's certainly a noble deed, just remember the Dhamma emphasizes both compassion and wisdom. They are like the 2 wings of a bird and are both equally important. A good Buddhist should also be a good and skillful problem solver. So before resorting to sacrficing oneself, one should be smart and use his intelligence to come up with novel creative ...


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The law of kamma-vipaka is objective, in the sense that it is entirely consistent. It is Newton's third law of motion, for intentional action. As all things are empty from their own frame of reference - not-self, there is no thing made or no thing destroyed through it, just a linear wobble around emptiness for some subjectively delineated self. Good ...


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How do you know they aren't strong enough to handle truth? You feel you can handle it so why can't they? Not telling someone something because you feel they can't deal with it seems like you're the one who is having the hard time. So where is the truth. "A white lie" is a way of saying I feel shameful because if I explained this to them they wouldn't ...


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There are 4 conditions which need to be met for something being classified as a lie: FIVE PRECEPTS (PACASILA) So if you are mentioning the white lie with the intention to deceive then it is false speech.


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This question is a wonderful one. What should be defined and addressed in order to clear up your confusion is this: What defines a “skillful” quality? In classical Buddhism, something is skillful if it leads you closer to enlightenment. But why are experiences such as jealousy, pride, hate, and anger unskillful? All of these emotions enhance and reinforce ...


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From AN5.213: “Mendicants, there are these five drawbacks for an unethical person because of their failure in ethics. What five? Firstly, an unethical person loses substantial wealth on account of negligence. This is the first drawback. Furthermore, an unethical person gets a bad reputation. This is the second drawback. Furthermore, ...


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The Buddha did not intend monks to participate in politics, as seen in DN 2: "Whereas some brahmans and contemplatives, living off food given in faith, are addicted to talking about lowly topics such as these — talking about kings, robbers, ministers of state; armies, alarms, and battles; food and drink; clothing, furniture, garlands, and scents; ...


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In Transcendent Wisdom, H.H the Dalai Lama says: it is a fallacy to equate the Buddhist view of causality with either the mechanistic determinism of classical physics, or the probabilistic determinism of quantum physics. In Robert Thurman speaks of [...]six well-known opponents of the Buddha [who were] teachers of nihilism, sophism, determinism,...


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This is an important question for the person practicing Theravadin mindfulness meditation because its answer is relevant to understanding how this meditation works. But first some background information. In Theravadin Buddhist psychology, “karma” includes both bodily and mental action. For example, decision-making is a form of mental action. And, although ...


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No one can avoid any kamma in a very long travel in saṅsāravaṭṭa, except niyata-bodhisatta (bodhisatta who has enough experience to be an inevitable person to enlighten as buddha). However, niyata-bodhisatta still born in hell, except just avīci-hell, still born as animals, except just very small and very big body animals, etc. So, although you are ...


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It is just simple. The hierarchy is sila(at least five precepts for lay man),Samadhi(concentration),and insight knowledge. To achieve this in order, the very first thing is one's strong believe in Dhamma and the meditation master who can teach you in every detail. Just like inertia, if one not yet start , it is difficult to do so. But one of the encouraging ...


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