samtheman wrote:Hello everyone,
samtheman wrote:1. First of all I want to know if bad thoughts that are unacted upon create bad karma?
I would recommend to see actions, (by body, speech, mind) in terms of whether they are wholesome or unwholesome instead of considering them "bad" or "good".
When thoughts arise, one should reflect on them, are they wholesome, skillful, do they reduce suffering for me and for others, then one may continue with them or are they unwholesome, unskillful, do they lead to suffering for me and for others, then one should give them up. See culaavuso's post.
An unwholesome thought, recognized by one as unwholesome and given up, does not lead to unwholesome kamma.
An unwholesome thought, not recognized by one as unwholesome and continued upon that unwholesome thought will most probably lead to unskillful action (unwholesome kamma) by way of body, speech or mind, which will eventually bear unwholesome fruit.
samtheman wrote:2. Sometimes impulsive thoughts come to my mind. Lately these have been disturbing me, because it makes me feel like a bad person. For example sometimes when someone does something successful, first thought that comes to me impulsively (I don't know where it comes from) is jealousy, then after that I understand it is a bad thing and I duly congratulate the person and really happy for him. But I still feel like a bad person, because impulsively the first thought that came was jealousy. Does this make me a bad person because I had jealous thoughts initially ?
We are all practicing and not yet perfect, so be patient with yourself. It is wise, that you already notice your jealousy and react skillfully upon that phenomena when it arises. This is a good sign and you can be happy about how mindful you already are. Unwanted feelings may arise from time to time depending on our skilllevel. The more we attend appropriately to unskillful phenomena the more we will reduce the arising of them by acquiring wisdom. So to answer your question bluntly, no, you're not a bad person. In fact you are mindful and you try to act in a wholesome way. That is the way to go.
samtheman wrote:3. These thought that come impulsively I don't know where they come from ? Are they mine or someone else's. Who is this person?
Is it appropriate to consider upcoming thoughts as being me, this is mine, or this is my self? No, it isn't! Neither are they yours nor do they belong to someone else.
"Who is this person?" is an inappropriate question. It would be better to leave it aside and consider dependent origination. Phenomena arise due to a cause and with the cessation of that cause comes the cessation of that phenomena.
SN 12.2 wrote:From ignorance as a requisite condition come fabrications. From fabrications as a requisite condition comes consciousness. From consciousness as a requisite condition comes name-&-form. From name-&-form as a requisite condition come the six sense media. From the six sense media as a requisite condition comes contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes craving. From craving as a requisite condition comes clinging/sustenance. From clinging/sustenance as a requisite condition comes becoming. From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth. From birth as a requisite condition, then aging & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair come into play. Such is the origination of this entire mass of stress & suffering.
"Now from the remainderless fading & cessation of that very ignorance comes the cessation of fabrications. From the cessation of fabrications comes the cessation of consciousness. From the cessation of consciousness comes the cessation of name-&-form. From the cessation of name-&-form comes the cessation of the six sense media. From the cessation of the six sense media comes the cessation of contact. From the cessation of contact comes the cessation of feeling. From the cessation of feeling comes the cessation of craving. From the cessation of craving comes the cessation of clinging/sustenance. From the cessation of clinging/sustenance comes the cessation of becoming. From the cessation of becoming comes the cessation of birth. From the cessation of birth, then aging & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair all cease. Such is the cessation of this entire mass of stress & suffering."
best wishes, acinteyyo