Wizard in the Forest wrote:Some people I have spoken to believe Kamma takes the whole role of arbiter governing Samsara's physical laws, but I have always only known Kamma to be related only to "deeds" and then responses to those deeds(vipaka). I remember there was a Sutta where the Buddha says that Kamma isn't playing as much a role as people think ( referring to Traditional Hindu Kamma), but is there any evidence for this opposing view in the Nikayas?
Kamma is doing deeds, thinking thoughts in an "active" manner, ie with deluded identification and volition. vipaka is the "habit", the "seed" form of deeds and thoughts, as a result of kamma i.e. a "potential" accumulated through doing deeds, thinking thoughts. vipaka makes itself felt through "impulses" of repeating the deeds and thoughts when secondary conditions are present. These "impulses" (sankhara) can be perceived while "abiding in a state of emptiness".
Since the corresponding deeds and thoughts are "wrong by nature", they are suffering and every repetition entails further suffering and accumulates an even higher potential for future suffering.