Do we choose our lives/parents?

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Do we choose our lives/parents?

Postby flowerbudh » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:01 am

How is karma involved?
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Re: Do we choose our lives/parents?

Postby takso » Tue Oct 15, 2013 2:19 am

flowerbudh wrote:How is karma involved?

In Buddhism, karma refers to volitional action. And how does the volitional action arise?

Let's refer to the following cycle of dependent origination:-

Balance --> stability --> aggregation --> agitation --> information --> knowledge --> representation --> memory --> compulsion --> ignorance --> blindness --> disorientation --> confusion --> irrationality --> impulse --> sparkling --> inkling --> volition --> awareness --> consciousness --> manas --> mind and body, etc.

Volitional action would set forth some kind of tracks or directions to the becoming processes. This means no input, no output - this arising, that arises; this ceasing, that ceases.
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Re: Do we choose our lives/parents?

Postby disjointed » Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:31 am

Karmas can be divided into 2 categories.

Throwing karmas which cause a particular rebirth.
Completing karmas which determine the circumstances(including length) of life.

Throwing karmas, which picks your parents, are taught in conjunction with the 12 dependent arisings (of rebirth). It is a complicated teaching.

There are also other practices called phowas for vajrayana practitioners to incur a fortunate rebirth in general or also specifically to choose the exact parents while inhabiting a "bardo" body. This second method is called ejecting the consciousness and is part of a larger system that encompasses the Highest Yoga tantras.
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Re: Do we choose our lives/parents?

Postby muni » Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:37 am

Hi Flowerbudh,

Like said, brief summary only here;

"The concept of karmic connection is very important in Buddhism especially in the human development. Karma binds the relationships between body/minds; it is the power of the reunification of mind and matter, child and parents. The accumulated karma of the past life establishes the karmic connection with one’s future life and fortune, and directs the consciousness towards the future parents. Without a karmic connection, even with qualified energy of the couple and favorable conditions, the conception will not take place".

Rest in natural great peace this exhausted mind,
Beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thoughts
Like the relentless fury of the pounding waves
In the infinite ocean of samsara.
Rest in natural great peace.
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