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Dependent Origination and Kamma

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Dependent Origination and Kamma

Postby Wizard in the Forest » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:30 am

I would like to know the relationship between Kamma and dependent origination. A person has told me Kamma is the driving force behind dependent origination, but I don't think so. I think it is obviously a result of dependent origination, but not the ultimate push behind it. I always thought ignorance is the push, but I would like to be sure. If anyone has suttas that explain it, I'd be grateful, and if any Bhantes can clarify or help me understand the relationship between the two, I would be really grateful too.
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Re: Dependent Origination and Kamma

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Re: Dependent Origination and Kamma

Postby Will » Fri Jan 14, 2011 3:17 pm

A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: Dependent Origination and Kamma

Postby rowyourboat » Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:53 pm

I think sankhara -the second step- can be defined in various ways. It could mean mental, verbal and physical intentions (cetana), in which case that step could be considered karma. (as cetana is karma, according to the Buddha). Avijja gives rise to karma (correct) and in its absence (as in arahanths) no karma is produced.

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