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Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by Tom » Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:19 am

Can one perform certain good kamma to achieve mundane goals such as wealth, etc in one's current life? I ask because I hear often about performing kamma to improve one's future lives.

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Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by SarathW » Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:39 am

Can one perform certain good kamma to achieve mundane goals such as wealth, etc
Yes you can.
However the problem is that your past bad kamma still over shadow the good kamma of this life.
Having said that, performing good kamma is always the prudent approach. (irrespective of whether you have the chance to reap the benefit in this life)
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by Goofaholix » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:12 am

Tom wrote:Can one perform certain good kamma to achieve mundane goals such as wealth, etc in one's current life?
Yes, hard work, study, good money management, frugal habits are all good examples.
“Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it.” ― Ajahn Chah

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Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by robertk » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:21 am

Results of kamma can certainly arise in this life.
http://www.palikanon.com/english/pali_n ... llikaa.htm
Mallika:
Chief queen of Pasenadi, king of Kosala. She was the daughter of the chief garland maker of Kosala, and was very good and beautiful. When she was sixteen she was, one day, on her way to the garden with some companions, carrying with her three portions of sour gruel in a basket. Meeting the Buddha, she offered them to him and worshipped him. The Buddha, seeing her wrapt in joy, smiled, and, in answer to Ananda's question, said she would be chief queen of Kosala that very day. J.iii.405; SA.i.110ff. It was to explain Mallikā's good fortune that the Kummāsapinda Jātaka was preached.
It happened that Pasenadi, having suffered defeat at the hands of Ajātasattu that very day, was passing by and entered the flower garden, attracted by Mallikā's voice. Mallikā, seeing him coming, and noting his weariness, seized his horse's bridle. The king, discovering that she was unmarried, dismounted, and, having rested awhile, his head on her lap, entered the town with her and took her to her own house. In the evening he sent a chariot for her, and with great honour and pomp brought her from her own home, set her on a heap of jewels and anointed her chief queen

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Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:54 am

According to the Milindapañha there are only seven cases.

The results of kamma are not quite the same as the results of hard work. If you work, you get paid a wage. If you donate, you make good kamma, and it makes you happy in the present, but the vipāka does not bear fruit at once.
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Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by robertk » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:20 am

http://www.bps.lk/olib/wh/wh208-p.html# ... Exposition
And what, monks, is the outcome of kamma? Kamma, I declare, has a threefold outcome: in this life, in the next life, or in subsequent future lives.

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Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by Tom » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:07 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:54 am
According to the Milindapañha there are only seven cases.

The results of kamma are not quite the same as the results of hard work. If you work, you get paid a wage. If you donate, you make good kamma, and it makes you happy in the present, but the vipāka does not bear fruit at once.
If one performs acts of merit aiming for it to bear fruit in this life would this make it more likely to bear fruit in this life?

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Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by 2600htz » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:18 pm

Hello:

Yes, most of the suttas about lay people contain some form of advice on how to improve your current life.

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Re: Question about kamma-vipaka

Post by justindesilva » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:29 am

Goofaholix wrote:
Mon Sep 19, 2016 5:12 am
Tom wrote:Can one perform certain good kamma to achieve mundane goals such as wealth, etc in one's current life?
Yes, hard work, study, good money management, frugal habits are all good examples.
Please see
" Ten moral actions: pure damma.net"
It explains that there are good kamma in actions of Dana ( charitable giving), Sila ( living with controlled discipline)
and bhavana ( mind control or concentration at work or at all other times).
These three categories of Dana, sila, bhavana, if made with the intention of eradicating greed, hate& delusion , they become kusala deeds, and will lead to the state of nirvana in stages of sovan , sakadagami , anagami and then nirvana.
If the intentions are not meant to eradicate Loba, Dosa, moha then they will act as meritorious deeds in helping one to be reborn as people of good resources , wealth and health.
These actions leading to nirvana are termed kusala Kriya and meritorious actions without the intention of eliminating Loba Dosa moha are called punyakriya.
All above actions need love and loving kindness ( brahma vihara) .

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