An Introduction to the Law of Kamma
by SAYĀDAW U SILĀNANDA
Size: 5.5” X 5.5”
Pages: 42 pages
WHAT IS KAMMA? Buddha said: “Oh monks, it is VOLITION that I call Kamma”.
The popular meaning of Kamma is action or doing, but as a technical term, Kamma means volition or will. When you do something, there is volition behind it, and that volition, that mental effort, is called Kamma. Buddha explained that, having willed, one then acts through body, speech, and mind. Whatever you do, there is some kind of Kamma, mental effort, will, and volition. Volition is one of the fifty-two mental states which arise together with consciousness. If you are unfamiliar with this term Kamma then this booklet: VOLITION, An Introduction to the Law of Kamma, a Dhamma talk given by a well-know Burmese Buddhist monk, Sayādaw’s U Silānanda to students of Vipassanā meditation and Abhidhamma from 1984 to 1988 in America, might be for you.