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Offline Dblues8

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Re: Rebirth: just heaven and hell all over again?
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2016, 03:12:23 pm »
There are certain immutable physical laws in the universe.  They are constant throughout the universe and always give you the same result.

Karma is the same way.  It is just a law about the mind and feelings (actions and intentions).  In the same way, it is simply an  immutable law of the universe, with no consciousness.  It works the same way for everyone and everything.

What is the law? First I must explain volitional roots.  Every thought, speech, or action has a single volition energy (intention) behind it.  There are 3 good roots, and 3 bad roots.  Each good root has an opposite corresponding bad root.  Think of these roots as the atoms of actions.

Unwholesome roots:
Greed
Hatred
Delusion

Wholesome roots:
Non-greed (generosity)
Non-hatred (love)
Non-delusion (wisdom)

Think of any thought/speech/action being comprised of some combination of these volitional roots.

Now what is the volitional law? 

For every volition energy type you put out, you will receive the same in return.  It sounds very similiar to one of the physical laws, "For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction"

So do not think about it in the way of, "I should be doing good for the sake of doing good, not for what I will receive"

Think of it as there is a fundamental immutable.

However... having this belief "I should be doing good for the sake of doing good, not for what I will receive" WILL make your actions much purer with better volitions and have a better effect for you and everyone around you

To learn more about it feel free to read this:

http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/roots_goodevil.pdf

A good place to start is page 9 of the PDF or page ix in the book

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Re: Rebirth: just heaven and hell all over again?
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2016, 12:56:16 am »
I have no problem with a completely secular Buddhism, ditching all ideas of Gods and afterlives and so on. But the last thing I would do is to take it away from those who need some religious element to their practice, something that will move them on to the stage where they are finally ready to let it go.

Sure.  I sometimes think that most religious belief is a coping mechanism, a way of coping with the fragility and transience of human existence.  People fear extinction, that is why the belief in some sort of post-mortem existence is so prevalent. 

 


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