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Abhidhammic View of Kamma 1
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @SariputtaDhamma/JTN/Mult]Short presentations in this series will be based on the concepts of kamma in the book 'A Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma'(CMA) : a translation of the Pali text 'Abhidhamma Sa.ngaha' written by Aacariya Anuruddha [English translation by Mahaathera Naarada, revised by Bhikkhu Bodhi], Buddhist Publication Society, Sri Lanka, 2006.
These concepts are very important because they clarify and extend the Buddha's Teachings (Dhamma) in the Suttanta Pitaka.CMA, Chapter I, p. 31: Unwholesome consciousness (akusalacitta) is consciousness accompanied by one or another of the three unwholesome roots-- greed, hatred, and delusion. Such consciousness is called unwholesome because it is mentally unhealthy, morally blameworthy, and productive of painful results. Wholesome consciousness (kusalacitta) is consciousness accompanied by wholesome roots-- non-greed or generosity, non-hatred or loving kindness, and non-delusion or wisdom. Such consciousness is mentally healthy, morally blameless, and productive of pleasant results.
Both wholesome and unwholesome consciousness constitute kamma, volitional action. Those cittas or states of consciousness that arise through the ripening of kamma are called resultants (vipaaka). These constitute a third class of citta distinct from the former two, a class that comprises both the results of wholesome kamma and the the results of unwholesome kamma.
It should be understood that both kamma and its results are purely mental. Kamma is volitional activity associated with wholesome or unwholesome cittas: its results are other cittas which experience the maturation of kamma.
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