Re: The End of all Kamma
- Question When we do unwholesome deeds like killing we will get bad
kamma, and when we do wholesome deeds like dana we will get good
kamma. So if we neither do wholesome nor unwholesome deed then
do we get any kamma?
First, a small correction regarding terminology. Kamma is the cause,
Vipaka is the effect. When we do good kamma, we get good vipaka.
When we do bad kamma, we get bad vipaka. Using the word kamma
when we mean the result of kamma is a common mistake.
The Arahants have completely eradicated ignorance (avijja) so there is
no condition for the arising of volitional formations or kamma
(sankhara). i.e. the Arahants do no more kamma. However, they are not
stones or vegetables. They do many wholesome deeds such as
teaching Dhamma, paying homage to senior monks, practising
meditation, etc. They do the right thing according to the situation, but
they have no desire, aversion, or delusion. Since they do not make any
fresh kamma, when they die, they are not reborn again.
Ordinary people are very different. They are often motivated by desire,
hatred, and delusion. Even when doing wholesome deeds, the
underlying tendency to delusion is sill there. Just check your own mental
state before, during, and after doing some wholesome deeds. Is there
not at least a trace of pride there? Ordinary people find it difficult to do
something without expecting any result. Once, after I gave a Dhamma
talk, one man paid homage to me as I walked out of the room.
Afterwards he came and asked me why I had not acknowledged his
paying homage. He apparently wanted some appreciation for his great
So ordinary people should do wholesome deeds that bring happiness.
Especially they should do the wholesome deeds of scriptural study and
insight meditation that reduce desire, hatred, and delusion. When we
reduce the defilements, then we can do really powerful wholesome
kamma that will launch us away from evil deeds like a space rocket is
launched away from earth. If we can escape the gravitational pull of the
mental defilements, doing wholesome deeds will be completely
- Dear venerable sir,
Sorry for my interruption. I found some interesting statement in your explanation ie : regarding our aim while we are doing good deeds, which is should be directed straight towards nibbana, which is the end of craving.
Sir, to do good deeds with an aim, even if the aim is nibbana, does it mean that we still attach, crave, to something in this case nibbana itself?
Suppose we are helping a sick person, what is the best that we should put in our mind while doing that action?
are we put in our mind : by this good action may I reach nibbana or, we just concentrating in that action, hoping the sick person may get well soon, and having no single wish or aim for ourselves?
Thank you for your explanation,
Bhikkhu Pesala <pesala@...> wrote:
Generosity, study of scriptures, helping others, meditation, etc., are all
supporting conditons for the realisation of the fruit of the path. However,
when we do these good deeds, our aim must be directed straight
towards nibbana, which is the end of craving, not towards the enjoyment
of celestial or human pleasures.
"As you sow, so shall you reap."
"All beings are heirs to their kamma, are owners of their kamma, have
kamma as their origin, kamma as their relatives and their refuge,
whatever kamma they do, for good or for ill, they will inherit its results."
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- Question: To do good deeds with an aim, even if the aim is nibbana,
does it mean that we still attach, crave, to something in this case
If we are not yet enlightened we will be attached to our deeds, the
Enlightened Ones are not attached, but they still do wholesome deeds.
The do not do unwholesome deeds.
There is also helping by inaction. I could answer a question in brief, in
detail, or not answer it at all, with the intention that the questioner finds
the answer by doing some reading. Sometimes inaction is more
effective than action in helping others.
- Dear Ven. Master,
Please help me how to stop suffering? What method or methods
that can easy to help us realize lobha, dosa, moha (greed, aversion,
delusion) when it arise?