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phil
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A valid teaching?

Postby phil » Wed May 11, 2011 7:47 am

Hi all

I came across a reference to "the Buddha's teaching on how your present experience is made up of three things. 1) the results of past intentions 2) the actual process of intention in the present moment and 3) the immediate results of that present intention."

I can see the first two points as vipaka and kammic response to vipaka but does the third point make sense? Surely there is always vipaka that is arising and may or may not arise from the preceding moments' kamma, but even if it did arise immediately following the kamma/intention why would it be any different than the vipaka in the first point?

Hope that makes sense. Thanks.
Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)

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Re: A valid teaching?

Postby gavesako » Wed May 11, 2011 8:18 am

Yes, it would be different from point 1, because the vipaka of past actions is "given" already and one can only receive it, but that which comes from present actions can be modified in order to achieve the desired results and thus learning can take place.
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Re: A valid teaching?

Postby phil » Sat May 14, 2011 10:15 am

Kammalakkhano , bhikkhave, bālo, kammalakkhano pandito, apadānasobhanī paññāti
(The fool is characterized by his/her actions/the wise one is characterized by his/her actions/Wisdom shines forth in behaviour.)
(AN 3.2 Lakkhana Sutta)


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