DHAMMA IN ACTION – “I now realize how cause and effect produces kamma results.”

DHAMMA IN ACTION

26-SEP-20 – Dhamma in Action

“I now realize how cause and effect produces kamma results.”

Today’s Story Situation (pretend)

  • A young man enjoyed fun and pleasure.
  • The fun and pleasure included gambling, alcohol, and sexual relations with others.
  • The fun and pleasure seem to grow and take over his life.
  • He would spend late nights with bad friends drinking much alcohol and sleeping with different people each night.
  • Each morning he would wake late and arrive to his job still drunk and delayed to start on time.
  • Two women recently said he raped them while drunk. The police are investigating.
  • Three other women said he was the father of their babies. They are planning a lawsuit to get money from him to support their babies.
  • He recently arrived to work three hours late.
  • His boss asked him to come to his office and told him he was fired.
  • The results of all this news was caused by his very bad choices.
  • He was very upset and ran crying to the temple to visit a monk friend.
  • While crying loudly, he shared the situation to the monk friend. 
  • The monk friend just sat in silence with his eyes closed for 5 minutes.
  • Then he quoted the sutta stanza… “There are four drains on wealth that has been gathered in this way. Womanizing, drinking, gambling, and having bad friends, companions, and associates.”
  • The monk said, “Your kamma is ripening.”
  • The man cried even louder.
  • After sitting in silence, the man stopped crying. “Now what am I supposed to do, now?”
  • The monk friend opened his eyes and began to speak…

Key Verses: (Please read the full sutta)  

“There are four drains on wealth that has been gathered in this way.

Womanizing, drinking, gambling, and having bad friends, companions, and associates.

“There are four inlets for wealth that has been gathered in this way.

Not womanizing, drinking, or gambling, and having good friends, companions, and associates.”

Dīghajāṇu Sutta AN 8.54

https://suttacentral.net/an8.54/en/sujato

PERSONAL APPLICATION: 

  1. In this sutta, The Buddha is very honest about cause and effect. He shares how choices have results for this life and for the next. Kamma seeds ripen and have fruits.
  2. Based on our sutta study, what kamma seeds was this man planting in his life?
    • Womanizing/sexual relations?
    • Drinking alcohol?
    • Gambling?
    • Bad friends?
  3.  What were the results of these “bad choices, bad causes, and poor kamma seeds” he was planting?
    • Pregnancy?
    • Rape and out of control while drunk?
    • Arriving to work late due to partying late and alcohol?
    • Getting fired from his job?
  4. Can you relate to this man? Have you made poor or bad choices that resulted in difficult consequences? What did you do to make changes and get out of the troubles?
  5. If you were the monk friend, what advice would you give this young man?
    • Advice about behavior?
    • Advice about pregnant girls?
    • Advice about rape accusations?
    • Advice about losing job?
  6. Based upon your daily lifestyle and choices, how will your kamma ripen?

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