Stefan wrote:Sensual pleasure is said to be "vulgar, coarse, ignoble and unbeneficial"; does this mean it constitutes bad kamma?
If I understand correctly, when there are deeds of body, speech and mind that consitute akusala kamma patha (there are ten of them) there is the kind of kamma that can condition rebirth in woeful realms (Hells, animal realm etc) but otherwise we are just accumulating attachment to the sensual pleasure. That will make us more likely to transgress in the ways above when conditions are there. But we can only very gradually outgrow that kind of accumulation. But we *can* become aware whenever there are transgressions, and start from there, avoiding them at all cost. That's just my take. (If there is transgression, no need for grief and browbeating, we can just take note, make a vow to avoid that behaviour in the future and move on.. the transgressions will become less and less frequent if we stay open to the Buddha's teaching, I'm utterly confident about that.)