Overcoming Evil Kamma

How do we overcome our past evil kamma To overcome past evil kamma, the Buddha said that we have to do a lot of good deeds now. The Buddha gave a beautiful simile of salt and water (A.N. 3.99). During the time of the Buddha, there was no fine salt like the kind we have, but they had lumps of salt. So the Buddha said that suppose a man took a lump of salt and put it into a cup of water, stirred the water, and drank it. The water would definitely taste very salty. However, if the person took the...

Working of Kamma

In one discourse (S.N. 36.21), the Buddha said that not all suffering is due to kamma. Besides kamma, there are other factors that can cause us suffering. Suffering could be due to imbalance of wind or bile or phlegm. It could be the weather, perhaps. In Kuching, for example, the air pollution index suddenly shot up to about 1,000 (in the year 1997) and caused a great deal of suffering. Another reason could be our own carelessness. Another possible reason is accident. However, things mostly,...

What Is Kamma

Kamma is usually an interesting subject because it concerns everyone and there are many different aspects of it. There are many natural laws that govern our lives but the most important is the law of kamma-vipaka. In a discourse A.N. 6.63 the Buddha said Intention, monks, is Kamma I say. Having willed, one acts through body, speech and mind. This means that intentional action is kamma, and vipaka is the result or effects of it. The result may ripen immediately, later in this life or in a future...

Ourselves

Published by Inward Path Penang Malaysia Sabba danam dhammadanam jinati The gift of Dhamma surpasses all gifts Only We Can Help Ourselves based on a talk This essay is based on a talk The Working of Kamma by the author at the Kuching Buddhist Society, Sarawak in December, 1997 and was published by the Buddhist Gem Fellowship in their book K. Sri Dhammananda Felicitation in 1999. It is reproduced here with some minor amendments. An Inward Journey Book Published by Inward Path PO. Box 1034, 10830...