A Discourse on Paticcasamuppada

by Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw | 62,614 words

The Paticcasamuppada refers to “The Doctrine of Dependent Origination”. This is the English translation done by U Aye Maung Published by U Min Swe Buddhasasana Nuggaha Organization Rangoon, Burma....

Chapter 9 - Four Kinds Of Kamma

Kamma is of four kinds, according to the way in which it bears fruit.

  1. garukamma - weighty kamma,
  2. bahula or acinnaka kamma - habitual kamma,
  3. asanna kamma - death proximate kamma and
  4. /katatta kamma - stored up kamma.

//Garukamma// is killing parents or an Arahat or causing injury to a Buddha or causing a schism in the Sangha. As for the good //garukammas//, there are the good kammas of the material and non material worlds. The //garukammas// head off the fruition of other kammas and lead to rebirth, rupa and arupa jhanas among them leading to rupa and arupa rebirth.

The evil garukammas lead direct to hell after death; hence, the term //pancanantriyakammas// - the five great evil kammas leading invariably to hell. The man who kills his father or mother unknowingly or knowingly can never attain jhana or the path and fruition (maggaphala) in the present life; he is bound to land in hell after his death. He cannot attain jhana or the path nor can any good kamma save him from hell. This is evident in the story of Ajatasattu.

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