Posted by Stephen Pema Dorje (220.127.116.11) on May 28, 2000 at 02:33:26:
In Reply to: Re: Buddhist thought on mental illness? posted by Cat on May 27, 2000 at 21:37:51:
As far as perpetuating karma (bad or good?), there had to be a few factors involved.
Intent, the act itself, a being to which the act was done and no remorse or intent to not refrain from from doing it again.
If someone is suffering in this life, it's because of previous acts.
Karma can be in this life or past, affecting this life or future ones.
As far as someone that is mentally ill, I don't think
that there is real intent to do harm. Karma is a act of volition or willed act. This
non-intent would really reduce the negative Karma.
This is my understanding. I'm sure there are lots of other explanations too.
Peace and compassion always, Stephen Pema Dorje
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