Abhidhammic View Of Kamma:Volition

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Abhidhammic View Of Kamma:Volition

Postby yawares » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:45 am

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Abhidhammic View of Kamma (2)
[Presented by Dr.Tep Sastri @ SD and JTN]


CMA II, p. 80: Volition(cetanaa): Cetanaa, from the same root as citta, is the mental factor that is concerned with the actualization of a goal, that is, the conative or volitional aspect of cognition. Thus it is rendered volition. The Commentaries explain that cetanaa organizes its associated mental factors in acting upon the object. Its caracteristic is the state of willing, its function is to accumulate(kamma), and its manifestation is coordination. Its proximate cause is the associated states. ... Volition is the most significant mental factor in generating kamma, since it is volition that determines the ethical quality of the action. [end quote]

CMA IV, p. 172: Sense objects are distinguished into three classes: the undesirable(ani.t.tha), the moderately desirable(i.t.tha), and the extremely desirable(ati-i.t.tha). While the desirable object is thus subdivided into two, all desirable objects are comprised within a single class called simply "the undesirable". ...

Whether on a given occasion one experiences an undesirable, a moderately desirable, or an extremely desirable object is governed by one's past kamma. Thus the object experienced provides the opportunity for kamma to ripen in the form of resultant states of consciousness(vipaakacitta). The resultant cittas accord with the nature of the object spontaneously, without deliberation, just as facial reflection in a mirror accords with the features of the face. [end quote]

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