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Volition is an act of will or decision to act. The volition may be produced from both ignorance (not-knowing) & wisdom. There are three kinds of actions born of volition: (i) thoughts; (ii) speech; (iii) physical movement. All actions start with a thought (mental action), which is why the Dhammapada states: 1. Mind precedes all mental states. Mind ...


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What is Volition? ‘It is volition, bikkhus, that I call kamma. For having willed, one acts by body, speech, or mind.’ – Buddha Kamma is not fate. It literally means action, that is volitional action. A deed done deliberately through body, speech or mind. Every volitional action (except that of a Buddha or of an Arahant) is called Kamma. Kamma-formations (...


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My mother and I saw a cat today by the side of the road, which had probably been hit by a car. Its back legs were outstretched, it didn't walk, I guessed its lower back was broken. It miaowed to us. We went to find the owner of the nearby house, I told him that I had the regret to inform him that etc., he said that it sounded like his cat and we went to ...


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When a person has a choice between Path A or B, on what basis would that person make that decision, for it to be the right one? For that one has to have a very good knowledge of the True Dhamma. How can one differentiate between what is the Truth and what is not. Even if there is only one path, there is a lower level and a higher level to it. How would a ...


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Whether choose A or B is depend upon volition, volition is, you have your choice whether choose A or B. when lack of understating which one have to choose; possibly may you'll choose wrong without knowing it is harmful. But when you choose right that is "conscience" (sense of right and wrong). Volition (will power, desire, incline, volition, inclination, ...


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I think that "volition" is what Buddhists call "intention", especially in the context of "Right Intention" (and wrong intention). This might be circular (therefore unsatisfactory) definition, i.e. "volition is intention"; but a benefit of that definition is that you can find a lot written about it, for example, RIGHT INTENTION (Samma Sankappa) by Bhikkhu ...


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The Pali suttas unambiguously state the entire universe is void of self (SN 35.85). When the deluded idea of 'self' is born (SN 22.81) in the human mind, according to the Pali suttas, it is not a real 'self' but merely a 'view' (SN 5.10), merely a verbal convention (SN 1.25; MN 98), merely the arising of suffering (SN 5.10; SN 12.15), merely a disease (Ud ...


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What is it that allows to make choices? It's a complex combination of various variables, nature vs. nurture, old habit energy, one's own effort and energy, etc. That's why the 4-pronged approach of SammaPpadhana/Four Right Exertions in the other thread is a necessary tool to help one making progress on the Path. For example, to one who's never smoked ...


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There is karma that is intention (an omnipresent mental factor) and karma that is intended actions. Intended actions are defined by Je Tsongkhapa as: The actions of body and speech that are motivated by that intention. Afflictions such as anger, jealousy, covetousness, and so forth are not the intention mental factor - but have their own entity as ...


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We may be fooled into thinking there is unconscious intention, because we are ignorant in some moments of the nature of dependant arising of that moment, but in reality every moment is conditional arising, and intention is a component of such arising. If we were to observe deeply every moment in life, and trace the origins of every thought and impulse, it ...


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No such thing! Consciousness(Vinnana) is present in all Vedana, Sanna, Sankhara. Intention falls under Sankhara.


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Each intention is it's own Karma. Whether one intention is better than the other depends on the purity of the intention. In other words, if it's defiled by greed, hatred and ignorance.


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Human consciousness (& wisdom) allows choice, which is what distinguishes the 'human' from the 'animal'. The 'animal' is instinctual programmed behaviour & reactions where as the 'human' consciousness is 'reflective'. The human consciousness can objectively (like a mirror) know the inner motivations & drives of the mind & can choose to follow ...


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What is it that allows to make choices? Wisdom and awareness helps you make the choice. Being aware you can exercise restraint when your habitual or reflexive response is suffering and this is not the most conducive action to follow though with for the given situation. Wisdom aids to you asses the situation in the right frame (right angle or right light).


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what is volition? Simply put it it is the intention to act. The intention gives arise to fabrications / conditioning which manifests them self later as Karmic results. What is that single moment of choice? Now or the present moment is the single moment or choice and you cannot change the past or time travel to do something in the future. What is ...


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What is volition? Volition is the result of the 'stubborn-ed' "Self". Yes, Buddhist teaching is "non-self". But before you are enlightened, after you become one of the "sentient beings" (眾生), you have a "self" - literally speaking. This is from the mechanism of the 7th vijnana, an interplay with other faculties. While you can use this to attain Buddha-hood, ...


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What is Volition? Volition is movement. It gives birth to time and space, in which it moves in. It's what turns and churns the wheel of samsara. Creating karma. Volition is what operates when delusion is present. Why? Because that's what happens when there is no realisation of anicca, anatta, and dukkha. When delusion is present.You don't see things as ...


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