SonamZangpo wrote:What I'm really wondering has to do with the opposite- can you generate good karma merely with good thoughts and intentions?
SonamZangpo wrote:I've heard attained masters can merely think a mantra and the full effect will be taken, but is there any merit or, at least, benefit to others merely by thinking about it?
(Just to get this out of the way- I'm Vajrayana, so that's the perspective I'm speaking from, though... I'm American, so not SO much the Vajrayana perspective, hahaha)
When we look at the definition of karma, we find that it is defined differently in different Buddhist systems, like almost everything in Buddhism.
karma as a mental urge- It is not the action at all; karma is the urge to act. This urge that will cause us to act is a mental factor and is always accompanied by three other mental factors.
Another word here that is sometimes confusing for us in the West is “motivation” (kun-slong). In our Western usage of this word, it usually refers to the emotion behind something. We say that we are motivated by anger or love. However, when we hear the word motivation in a Buddhist context, it is translating a word that doesn’t mean motivation in the Western sense.
Physical Verbal Mental - When we talk about physical and verbal acts, these usually start with mental urges, a mental karma. The urge to do something comes before.
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