Is meditation Kamma?

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Is meditation Kamma?

Postby SarathW » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:06 pm

Is meditation Kamma?
How meditation could be kamma if there is no physical action?
If Just good thought alone take you to a good rebirth then the just the bad thought alone should take you to a bad destination!
If just good thought alone take you to a good destination what is the motivation to do good things?

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Re: Is meditation Kamma?

Postby Ben » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:17 pm

Greetings, Sarath.
Kamma as just physical action is the Jain view of Kamma.
Buddhist view of kamma is that it is intention.
The intention to meditate is kamma, the intention that is there from moment to moment to follow the object of meditation is kamma.
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Re: Is meditation Kamma?

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:18 pm


Khantipalo Bhikkhu wrote:The Buddha says all intentional actions, whether thoughts, speech or bodily actions, however expressed, are kamma and lead the doer of them to experience a result sooner or later.

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“Delighting in existence O monks, are gods and men; they are attached to existence. they revel in existence. When the Dhamma for the cessation of existence is being preached to them, their minds do not leap towards it, do not get pleased with it, do not get settled in it, do not find confidence in it. That is how, monks, some lag behind … (It. p 43)”

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Re: Is meditation Kamma?

Postby culaavuso » Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:57 pm

SN 35.146: Kamma Sutta wrote:Katamañca, bhikkhave, navakammaṃ? Yaṃ kho, bhikkhave, etarahi kammaṃ karoti kāyena vācāya manasā, idaṃ vuccati, bhikkhave, navakammaṃ.

And what, bhikkhus is new kamma? Whatever action one does now by body, speech, or mind. This is called new kamma.

AN 6.63: Nibbedhika Sutta wrote:Cetanāhaṃ, bhikkhave, kammaṃ vadāmi. Cetayitvā kammaṃ karoti– kāyena vācāya manasā.

Intention, I tell you, is kamma. Intending, one does kamma by way of body, speech, & intellect.

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Re: Is meditation Kamma?

Postby pegembara » Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:22 am

It is kamma that leads to the ending of kamma. ... 0Kamma.pdf
And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.

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