Kamma Sutta: Action
translated from the Pali by
"Monks, I will teach you new & old kamma, the cessation of
kamma, and the path of practice leading to the cessation of
kamma. Listen and pay close attention. I will speak.
"Now what, monks, is old kamma? The eye is to be seen as old
kamma, fabricated & willed, capable of being felt. The
ear... The nose... The tongue... The body... The intellect
is to be seen as old kamma, fabricated & willed, capable of
being felt. This is called old kamma.
"And what is new kamma? Whatever kamma one does now with the
body, with speech, or with the intellect: This is called new
"And what is the cessation of kamma? Whoever touches the
release that comes from the cessation of bodily kamma,
verbal kamma, & mental kamma: This is called the cessation
"And what is the path of practice
leading to the cessation of kamma? Just this noble eightfold
path: right view, right resolve, right speech, right action,
right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right
concentration. This is called the path of practice leading
to the cessation of kamma.
"So, monks, I have taught you new & old kamma, the cessation
of kamma, and the path of practice leading to the cessation
of kamma. Whatever a teacher should do — seeking the welfare
of his disciples, out of sympathy for them — that have I
done for you. Over there are the roots of trees; over there,
empty dwellings. Practice jhana, monks. Don't be heedless.
Don't later fall into regret. This is our message to you."