Reply To: Discourse 2 – Icca, Nicca, Anicca


In this desana Lal said that only the completed kamma (kamma pata) can cause suffering in future lifes. In the example of a man planning to kill many people with a bomb, it was said that if the man didn’t bring his plan to a fruition, i.e., no one got hurt, that wouldn’t have been considered as kamma pata.
But then it was also said that vaci sankhara (including talking to oneself) can be considered as kamma pata and thus such apunnabi vaci sankhara should be avoided.
So I got a little bit confused. Can an act of planning an immoral deed bring future births in the apayas if the actual act was not realized?