Coyote wrote:What about if you think something is alive and try to kill it, but it doesn't actually die because it wasn't alive in the first place? Like trying to kill a tree and believing it is sentient? Given that the intention to kill is present in the mind, even though no killing occurs, I would have thought that it would still be akusala kamma. Or is it just delusion?
Akusala Kamma is also dhamma, the intention to kill is akusala citta not kamma, the intention to kill without completing the 5 points does not considered as success killing
, but the intention to kill had already arised as akusala citta. the Akusala citta will accumulate in a self waiting to arise again when there's any factor to arise
Rupa dhamma without citta and chetasika such as trees, rocks, soil, chairs, tables, are not considered as life. Trees don't hear, smell, taste, think, see, feeling pain unlike ants... and so killing trees are not considered as Akulsala Kamma.
In our everyday life, which one is more? Akusala Citta or Kusala citta? Starting from opening our eyes in the morning. The desire to have clean teeth, picking nice clothes to work? Whenever it is not kusala citta, that moment is Akusala Citta. Wanting to get a tree to build for a furniture, the moment chopping the tree with the desire is driven by Akusala Citta. But, teaching is not to force us not to have Akusala Citta or Akusala kamma, the Buddha teaching teaches us to know the condition of Akusala Citta and Kusala Citta when ever it arises.
For those who won't ever kill again is Ariya Person which is Sodabhan Ariya onward. Sodabhan Ariya will not break any 5 sila starting from killing, robbing, telling lies, having sexual affairs, and drinking alcohol.