Does karma only operate on the mind ?

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Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby placebo23 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:00 pm

Hello,
sometimes I hear from others that karma or the fruit of karma is only responsible for mind phenomens (feelings, mood). Other times I hear that karma is even responsible if one has wealth and success in life, so that for an evildoer there will come misfortune events in the future and a gooddoer will have wealth, success, a more peaceful life etc ?

What is the correct view ? Does Karma drive the entire world and everything which is happening to me so that even the body (which can be healthy or unhealthy) is a visual manifestation of karma ? Is there collective karma ?

Thank you
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Re: Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby Virgo » Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:14 pm

I find this is a good explanation:

http://www.abhidhamma.org/Para7.htm
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Re: Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:40 pm

Hi placebo23,

This is a difficult and deep question, and you are likely to find a number of explanations, which may seem contradictory. In trying to make sense of the issue remember that our entire experience is influenced by our mind.
"And what is the origination of the world? Dependent on the eye & forms there arises eye-consciousness. The meeting of the three is contact. From contact as a requisite condition comes feeling. From feeling as a requisite condition comes craving. From craving as a requisite condition comes clinging/sustenance. From clinging/sustenance as a requisite condition comes becoming. From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth. From birth as a requisite condition, then aging & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair come into play. This is the origination of the world.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html


This essay may be helpful:
Questions on Kamma, by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Whenever we perform an action with intention, such action deposits a "seed" in the mind, a seed with a potency to bring about effects in the future. These effects correspond to the nature of the original action. They follow from the inherent ethical tone of the action. Our unwholesome kamma comes back to us and lead to our harm and suffering. Our wholesome kamma eventually returns to us and leads to our happiness and well being.


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Re: Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby Kamran » Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:07 pm

Thanissaro Bikhu provides a good explanation of the different types of karma and their relevance to your practice in the below sections of his "Wings to Awakening" anthology.

Kamma and the ending of Kamma

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ml#part1-b

Sillfulness - this section is also helpful for understanding kamma

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... ml#part1-a
When this concentration is thus developed, thus well developed by you, then wherever you go, you will go in comfort. Wherever you stand, you will stand in comfort. Wherever you sit, you will sit in comfort. Wherever you lie down, you will lie down in comfort.
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Re: Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby placebo23 » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:06 pm

Thank you both of you :namaste:
I will do some reading and understanding :coffee:
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Re: Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby villkorkarma » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:52 pm

placebo23 wrote:Hello,
sometimes I hear from others that karma or the fruit of karma is only responsible for mind phenomens (feelings, mood). Other times I hear that karma is even responsible if one has wealth and success in life, so that for an evildoer there will come misfortune events in the future and a gooddoer will have wealth, success, a more peaceful life etc ?

What is the correct view ? Does Karma drive the entire world and everything which is happening to me so that even the body (which can be healthy or unhealthy) is a visual manifestation of karma ? Is there collective karma ?

Thank you

karma is what you said it was. yes its drives Everything in your Life! :anjali:
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Re: Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby chal4oye » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:47 am

From feeling as a requisite condition comes craving. From craving as a requisite condition comes clinging/sustenance. From clinging/sustenance as a requisite condition comes becoming. From becoming as a requisite condition comes birth. From birth as a requisite condition, then aging & death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair come into play. This is the origination of the world.?
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Re: Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby ES06 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:08 pm

villkorkarma wrote:
placebo23 wrote:Hello,
sometimes I hear from others that karma or the fruit of karma is only responsible for mind phenomens (feelings, mood). Other times I hear that karma is even responsible if one has wealth and success in life, so that for an evildoer there will come misfortune events in the future and a gooddoer will have wealth, success, a more peaceful life etc ?

What is the correct view ? Does Karma drive the entire world and everything which is happening to me so that even the body (which can be healthy or unhealthy) is a visual manifestation of karma ? Is there collective karma ?

Thank you

karma is what you said it was. yes its drives Everything in your Life! :anjali:

There are five niyamas that drive things and karma is one of them. They are utu niyama (laws of nature), bija niyama (biology, heritage etc), citta niyama (mental activity), kamma niyama (action) and Dhamma niyama ("laws of Dhamma", including three marks of existence) They all made yourself what you are, not only karma.
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Re: Does karma only operate on the mind ?

Postby SarathW » Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:57 am

The best I have read in this topic:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/good_evil_beyond.pdf
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