|I want to be sexy, sensual, and live it up.|
- nongreed (letting go, generosity)
- nonhatred (loving kindness, compassion)
- nondelusion (wisdom, insight)
- greed (liking, clinging)
- hatred (disliking, aversion)
- delusion (ignorance, wrong view).
|When one knows and sees, one agrees with the B|
When we do something, we feel either good, bad, or neutral as a result, but that karma has not yet born fruit. When it does, that's what the Buddha was talking about. For example, kill or steal and you may not feel bad about it now. But you sure will when that karma of killing or stealing comes to fruition with unfortunate rebirths in miserable destinations, shortened lifespans, sickliness, poverty, and so on.
It is NOT one to one, one cause to one effect. A single act produces an exponential number of results. (Why? There are many "mind moments" or cittas behind an act, each leaving a trace or seed that bears fruit, or so the Abhidharma explains. Karma is the action, and the results are called the vipaka and the phala, the karmic resultants and fruit).
Karma is not one and done. "Cast your bread upon the water" and watch it multiply. But this is actually good news if we use the knowledge skillfully: Doing good produces many more wished for results: one seed, many fruits. Plant many good seeds now when it's possible. There comes a time, reborn in certain places, that it is not possible to do any good. This is the place to plant. "Karma: It's everywhere you're going to be."
Yeah, but what is "sexual misconduct" exactly?*
- four verbal actions: refraining from lying/bearing false witness, slandering, speaking harshly, and foolish babbling (and instead engaging in true, conciliatory, mild, and wise speech);
- three mental actions: letting go (unselfish giving), friendliness, developing right views.
NOTE: To really do the Pali language terms justice in translation, it would be necessary to include the positive English words. It is not simply a matter of refraining from doing harm, as there is also the active-good implicit in each of the six terms. "Nongreed" literally means letting go, liberality, giving, generosity, unselfishness, sharing. "Nonhatred" means more than the absence of anger and animosity; it means the presence of loving-kindness, friendliness, helpfulness, and goodwill. "Nondelusion" means wisdom, right views, insight, knowing, understanding, penetrating the truth.
- three bodily actions: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct;
- four verbal actions: lying/bearing false witness, slandering, speaking harshly, foolish babbling;
- three mental actions: covetousness, ill-will, wrong views [also called the Three Poisons of greed, hatred, and delusion or passion, aversion, and confusion all rooted in ignorance].
|I'm going vegan, recycling, avoiding synthetics.|
|So then sex between consenting adults is OK?|
- those under the protection of a father,
- under the protection of a mother,
- of a father and mother,
- of a brother,
- of a sister,
- of extended family,
- of their religious community (a),
- or those promised in [an arranged] marriage (b),
- or those forbidden (c),
- or those betrothed [engaged] with a garland (d).
- a) Dhamma-rakkhita. Commentary: sahadhammikehi rakkhita, "protected by one's co-religionists."
- b) Promised at birth or in childhood.
- c) Sa-parida.n.da: literally, "under punishment." Commentary to MN 41: "This refers to a [person] about whom [the authorities] announce in the house, street, or village, 'One who consorts (sexually) with a person of such-and-such a name will be punished.'" — An alternative interpretation: "convicts" [who are being punished and are therefore off-limits and "forbidden" by the community or local authority].
- d) Maalagu.na-parikkhita. Commentary to MN 41: "One whom another has garlanded [engaged by some token such as a flower-garland or ring] to express the intention, 'This person will be my spouse.'"