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Kamma (karma) is intention. The moment that we act, speak or

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Ajahn Jayasāro's Yellow Pages Teaching

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Twice weekly handwritten Dhamma teaching by Ajahn.
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Kamma (karma) is intention. The moment that we act, speak or think with intention, we create kamma, good or bad. When intention is absent no kamma is created. If, for example, we were to accidentally step on an ant on a forest path there would be no kammic consequences (although we should probably resolve to be more mindful in the future).

 

The inner realm is more difficult to understand but follows the same principle. Every now and again we may lose our temper with those we love most, or perhaps feel angry and resentful towards our parents or grandparents. That arising of negative emotion is due to many causes and conditions. If we recognise it as a poison and put it down immediately, no kamma is created. The bad kamma only arises if we welcome that emotion, indulge in it, become drunk with it, add to it with more negative thoughts and memories.

 

There is no need to feel guilty when negative emotions arise in the mind. Be patient. It takes a very long time to cleanse the mind completely. The important thing is to work steadily on the training of the mind. When negative emotion - the result of old kamma - arises, put your effort into refraining from creating new kamma on top of it.

 

- Ajahn Jayasāro

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