Individual wrote:Guy, let's say that you're driving and you unintentionally pull out in front of oncoming traffic, would that be a karmic action?
These are all simply my opinions...ok?
I'm only guessing here, but there is some Kamma involved, because you were not mindful and observant, and your intention was
to pull out - which could lead to negative consequences.... so I think there is some negative kamma generated, but not a vast amount....
...As another example, let's say you're boiling some spaghetti, a droplet of water hits your arm. As a reflex, out of pain, you jerk back your arm, which then hits the cooking pan's handle, which catapults scalding water onto your face. Would this be a karmic action?
No, I personally don't think so.
I think you should remember to point the handle inwards though. Any chef will tell you that's common sense.
But if it is a kammic consequence - who could tell? Some may say it was, but I think you just need to get that burn seen to.
And thank the nurse for her patience and gentleness....That can't be a bad thing.....
...Or let's say that you're a smoker in the 1920's and don't intend to get cancer. Would such smoking be karmic action and would lung cancer be vipaka?
No. Cancer would be a consequence of you being an idiot and smoking in the first place. Yech!
However, some people smoke, and don't get cancer.
Other people don't smoke, and DO get cancer.
Again, it's possibly a Kammic consequence, but hypothesis and theorising aren't skillful pastimes....
It is important to remember that "intention" did not begin with this life, but the wheel of rebirth itself is supported by intention.
And all of the above were 'unintentional' so what's your point? That you can stop the wheel 'turning'.....?
(I've been dying to use that 'quote' emoticon....!