dharmagoat wrote:As I understand it, karma follows intention. In which case positive karma results from a well-intended action.
I too am very interested to hear what others say about this.
The actual circumstances matter. It isn't entirely the intention.
For example, knowingly killing your biological mother is considered worse than thinking you are killing your biological mother, but the victim not actually being your biological mother (for example she might have adopted you, but you were unaware of this). The former results in rebirth in Avici Hell while the latter may not.
The actual result and conditions do influence the ripening of the karma.