Kamma's influence

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Kamma's influence

Postby nrose619 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:01 am

If a baby dies not long after its birth is that a result of kamma of a past life? and if so, what's to say that my life is not controlled by kamma of past lives?
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Re: Kamma's influence

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:33 am

Greetings,

Things can happen for reasons other than kamma. See...

Niyama Dhamma
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=1187

... for details.

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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Kamma's influence

Postby SarathW » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:51 am

Hi Retro
Thanks for the link. But I can't download your link "The Niyama Dipani"
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Re: Kamma's influence

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:08 am

Greetings Sarath,

Thanks for the heads up... here's an alternative link.

THE NIYAMA-DIPANI: The Manual of Cosmic Order
by Mahathera Ledi Sayadaw
http://mahajana.net/texts/kopia_lokalna/MANUAL04.html

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Retro. :)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


Exalted in mind, just open and clearly aware, the recluse trained in the ways of the sages:
One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Kamma's influence

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:12 am

Hello all,

Not everything is the result of kamma.

Kamma and it's Fruit
http://Www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... fruit.html


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Re: Kamma's influence

Postby SarathW » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:06 am

Hi Retro and Cooran
Thanks. Great links
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Re: Kamma's influence

Postby KennC » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:31 am

Karma is intentional action, that is, a deed done deliberately through body, speech or mind. The Buddha taught that one’s present condition, whether of happiness or suffering, is the result of the accumulated force of all past actions or karma.
Here is a good short video about Karma - "Bond to Past and future" http://www.buddhastation.com/buddhism-videos/general-buddhism/karma-bond-to-past-and-future/
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Re: Kamma's influence

Postby Bakmoon » Wed Jan 02, 2013 4:24 pm

nrose619 wrote:If a baby dies not long after its birth is that a result of kamma of a past life? and if so, what's to say that my life is not controlled by kamma of past lives?


Good question. We get this kind of question a lot, so here goes.

The Buddha's teaching of kamma is rather different than other religions and the view of karma in pop-culture. In brief, it means that developing mental states based on greed, hatred, or delusion incline the mind towards unhappiness, and developing mental states based on their opposites inclines the mind towards happiness.

Kamma is a determining factor in rebirth as well, as when a person dies, their mind will turn its attention to an act they preformed and enter a rebirth based on that mental act.

However, one thing that the Buddha did not say is that everything that happens to a person is the result of their kamma. Indeed, he rejected this view, saying that some things that happen to someone are caused by their kamma, and that other things that happen are caused by other things, such as their physical conditions.

In the case of an infant who dies young, all we can say is that maybe it was the result of their kamma in a previous life, and maybe it was just pure chance. Nobody but a fully enlightened Buddha has the ability to actually tell whether or not it was caused by kamma, so it is best not to speculate and ask ourselves why these things happen IMHO.
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