sangyey wrote:Okay, sorry for not being clear.
When we are talking about freedom from signs in vipashyna meditation it is from my understanding signs refers to two things - those tendencies or seeds left from the afflictions that ripen into circumstances and then dormant tendencies or seeds. If it is like that, those seeds left over from the afflictions, is that karma and can that also be referreed to as a cause? From my understanding and I think in Vasubhanda's works he mentions several types of causes. And then what are those dormant seeds that do not ripen?
sangyey wrote:I got this after listening to HH Dalai Lama teaching on shamatha and vipashyna. When his holiness was talking about shamatha HH said that through shamatha you achieve mental and physical pliancy and are free from 'dysfunctional tendencies' ( referring to those of body/mind). Referring to vipashyna you achieve freedom from signs then HH said that this was referring to those potencies ( seeds ?) left by the afflictions that when meet with the correct circumstances will ripen into something and also noted about latent potencies that are also there but do not ripen.
I am just curious about the technical side of these potencies and latent potencies.
On the Berzin archives also, I was reading that karmic results have two possibilities - either they ripen into a result or they will exhaust themselves. I am not sure if I understood this correctly and if this can as well refer to those potencies ( seeds?) as I have been referring to.
sangyey wrote:Thank you Paul. Is there a difference between a karmic tendency and another type of karma say an imprint left from a previous life like a misdeed such as stealing?
sangyey wrote:Okay, on Alex Berzin's site he has these three as types of 'karmic aftermaths.'
1) network of karmic force
2) karmic tendency (bija)
3) karmic constant habit ( vasana )