Sivali Meditation Centre
Chiang Mai, Thailand
  Home      Chapter I     Chapter II     Chapter III     Chapter IV     Chapter V     Chapter VI     About us     Link

 

Chapter V

Karma

          Karma is a word in Pali language*; means 'Action' in Buddhism. The consequence of each action depends on the action is good action, neutral action or bad action. The word 'Karma' has been used in many beliefs as well as completely in different meanings. For example, in Hinduism meaning, Karma is the idea that an individual's actions determine his fate in each successive existence. In another words , Karma in Hinduism had made his own destiny, nothing could change that.

          Buddhism Karma meaning is the action and it is your action to that situation. Good action brings good result and bad action brings bad result. It is simple as that. Then your Karma is your future and is in your hands. You can choose your own future, from your Good Karma with your Good Will Intentions now, or else.

 

We Are, What We've Done ..........

          This sentense sounds familiar, right. 'We are, What we eat' said Dalai Lama, the well known high priest of Tibet. 'We are, What we have done.', said the Buddha. ' We will be, What we are doing now'., said the writer.

          There was amusing story happening at Wat Rakung Temple in Bangkok during the most famouse monk called Laung Por Tdor period. Laung Por Tdor had been well known as one of the most decent monks. In general great monk as a great teacher, brought out great monks as the great students. Wat Rakung Temple was a big monastery and attracted all kind of monks from everywhere to be there. One day a strange event was happening there, two monks fought and hurt each others. They went to see Laung Por Tdor , the abbot, to solve the problem of who was a wrong person. The injured monk blamed the other monk hurt him first. Laung Por Tdor was sitting there listening to the injured monk quietly. When the injured monk finished his talk, Laung Por Tdor said You did to him Frist. Again the injured monk started the whole story again. When he finished his story, Laung Por Tdor said You did to him Frist. The injured monk repeated again. Laung Por Tdor said the same the third time. Now the two monk realized of Laung Por Tdor meanings of their Previous Karma, they did to each other before in their Previous Lives.

          The idea of Karma in Buddism is such a long periods of time, many lives and each action affected the followings actions, and so on. You can imagine how complicated it can be to one's life, and to people. Anyway let's make it easy, and understandable. The rest you can find out on your own. Truths and Realities, can always be proved. You will experience and proof it by yourself. The same way as many people and I have done that, and out of question to us.

          The Buddha had explained Karma of each action this way. The each action we made, there was 7 rhythms of thought-moments. (In Pali Language is called Javana Citta, impulsive moment of consciousness at which Karma is performed, usually lasting for seven thought-moments.) In other words, 7 Thought-Moments performs one action..

          Any Action from the 1st Thought-Moment, the result of this action will return right away in this life. Hesitating Action will cause the consequence result to happen in the 2nd life, 3rd life, 4th life up to 7th life. In general each action carries on to 7 lives. Some Action, it is called Heavy Karma, will carry on longer. The Heavy Karma, such as Giving to a Decent Person, this Good Karma will carry on a very very long time. The same as a Heavy Bad Karma such as Kill father, Kill mother or Hurt Arahanta Monk, will carry on the bad result very very long time too.

         The return action result always come back in accumulation numbers. For example; Giving food to animal, the result of this Giving Material will return 50 more of the Giving. The Giving to a decent person, the result will return very much more numbers up to xx,xxx,xxx or more, this depends on how decent purified mind of the recieving person.

          Now we will see what are the Decent Actions we will do to have a better life, and avoid all the bad actions or bad Karmas. We don't live over 100 years, our lives are considered short. We can not changed our past anyway, but we can change our future. Why do we have to make thing more difficult than what it has been?

          Good Karma starts from The Good Intention of Doing the Action with cheerful, joyful feeling :

          The Achieved Result came from the right Action in general as followings:

 

Givng Meterials from the Tripitaka Book (book 14th part 42. 4)

Wealthy and Prosperity

This chapter (from book 14th part 42.4) the Buddha taught to Anon Monk at Nikortaraam near Kabinlapat, Sakka district.

The Buddha explained to Anon Monk, The result of Giving material can be expected is; Giving to animal will bring 100 times more in meterials. Giving to normal person without 5 Buddhist Rules* will bring 1000 times more. Giving to a person who lives his life with 5 Buddhist Rules will bring 100,000 times more. Giving to a person outside Buddhist who lives without sensual desirse, will bring 100,000 Koti times more ( 1 Koti about 140 Millions). Therefore the Giving to Sotapanna person, Sakadagami person, Anagami person/monk and Arahanta person/monk who has attained Nirvana, the results will be countless, very long times and many lives. So do not talk about giving to a higher person (as the Buddha, writer) it will be uncountable and timeless.

Writer: Please be informed that the Buddha, was born The Prince Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism (c.563-c.483 BC); person who has reached full enlightenment by himself and to be able to teach people to reach full enlightenment as well. The Buddha had done uncountable good karmas in his past lives, that brought him up to his last life to reach full enlightenment on his own effort and capable to guide people to achieve the same result. There were people who were able to reach full enlightenment by himself too but were not able to teach, we called these great people Paccekabuddha.

* Normal person in Buddhism means a person who carries life with out 5 rules of Buddhism, Not kill animal or life, not steal, dishonor to his/her wife/husband,not lie and not drink alcoholic.

To Be Healthy

Karma that made a person to have good physical, good health; is 'Not to Take Life'. In Buddhism, idea of life means only human being and animal. It is not included plants or tree.

In Thailand we let free fishes as to recover from sickness, to let free bird for freedom, to let free turtle for long life. Best of all it is not to harm people or animals. And help them or support them to have better lives with your affordable supporting. We do not harm others as well as do not harm ourself.

We do not kill other and we do not kill ourselves too. Committed suicide is a big bad Karma as well, the result of this bad karma will bring that person back to kill his/her self for another 500 times, another words 500 lives.

People always asked Why 500 times?, because commit suicide is the killed oneself's equal Karma. So don't do it. It will be very boring to repeat the same unpleasant situation for another 500 times.

 

 

To Be Able to Keep Your Belongings

The intention of not taking thing of which is not given. This means that you do not take somebody elas belongings. The Karma of stealing will harm the property of the person who did it. The damage of the property can be many different events, such as on fire, is stolen, lost, etc.

That's why, Giving is the decent Karma action, of which is derived from Do not just taking from the others, but Sharing Yours to Others. You will experience the joys of great pleasure to see receiver's happiness. I believe that most of us experiences that feelings since we were little, the Christmas Season. Every religions have these days of giving, because they realize of these truths.

 

To Accomplish Your Wishes

The Decent Karma of your Sincerity of your speaking is a key to the accomplishment of every wishes.

In Buddhism Tri Pitaka (Book of the Buddha Teaching & History during the Buddha's Period about c.563-c.483 BC), the book told us of Events had happened as the Buddha had told. People went to see the Buddha and asked him Why?

The Buddha explained this way, ' Any person who always speaks the truth, his good Karma will make his effective word and fulfilled his wishes too'.

So every of your word means something to you now and the future.

   

   *  Pali Language is Indo-Aryan language that developed in India, language of the sacred literature of Buddhism; called Tri Pitaka. The Buddha had taught in Pali Language and as well as were writen in Pali originally. The Tri Pitaka was translated to Sanskrit language much later.

 
©  2000-2010 All rights reserved.  Next Page