Dharma Questions: Intent

This irregular “Dharma Questions” series deals with “dharma” meaning both the truth of the nature of reality and some Buddhist teachings. Please see this post on the intensions for questioning and not questioning. Amongst other things these questions can be:

  • thought experiments
  • borderline musings not meant to be answered
  • from laziness of not contemplating or researching them yet

Intent

  1. How and why does intent work?
  2. Is retro-causal intention setting possible. If so, is doing so wise and skillful?
  3. Can intention be amplified and/or intensified‪?
  4. Is ignorance the same as unawareness? Do either ignorance or unawareness relate to amount or quality of consciousness?
  5. If there is no existence on an ultimate level, what changes (i.e., what suffers and is not-self)?
  6. If there’s (an) intention on why breath is required for life; essential to and for life; and a (near continual) requirement — what is such an intention? Why not require life to do something like rubbing gum drops on your neck in such and such a manner instead of breathing air?

`When one understands the nutriment of mental volition one understands the three forms of ‘thirst’ (taṇhā).’ *

[* S II (PTS), p. 100. The three forms of ‘thirst’ are: (1) Thirst for sense-pleasures,
(2) Thirst for existence and becoming, and (3) Thirst for non-existence, as given in the definition of samudaya ‘arising of dukkha’..]

Walpola Rahula – What the Buddha Taught p. 31

UPDATE: The following comes from an archive of a now deleted blog. While much of it seems to run contrary to the above, it’s still interesting enough to repost:

Unity Intention: Tapping massive combined intent

Intent is powerful. Whether we’re aware of it or not, intent underlies nearly everything.

The Upanishads say, “You are what your deepest desire is. As your
desire is, so is your intention. As your intention is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

Usually discussion of intentions is on an individual level. What would happen if we could sift through every intention ever made, selecting and setting any that resonate with us?

Well some say the Akashic records would hold such information. Even if we can’t read them, just the powerful and simple act of imaging we have access to every intention ever made while also imagining we could set any intention we would approve of. And imagine doing so consciously (even though we may not be conscious of such a process.)

Let’s take it a step further. Imagine this as a spiritual database of sorts. We can access all these intents while adding our every new intention to it. Now imagine charging all those intentions we agree with and set with our signature frequency and energy. We would be sending loving energy to all who choose the same intentions whereby forming connections between people and making mutual intentions more likely to come about. All with imagination.


This discourse describes the link between fabrications and consciousness in dependent co-arising, and shows how intention and underlying obsessions—with ignorance of the four noble truths being the basis for all obsessions—play a role in constituting awareness of the present moment.

Staying near Sāvatthī … (the Blessed One said,) “Monks, what one intends, what one arranges, and what one obsesses about1: This is a support for the stationing of consciousness. There being a support, there is a landing of consciousness. When that consciousness lands and grows, there is the production of renewed becoming in the future. When there is the production of renewed becoming in the future, there is future birth, aging-&-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair. Such is the origination of this entire mass of suffering & stress.

“If one doesn’t intend and doesn’t arrange, but one still obsesses (about something), this is a support for the stationing of consciousness. There being a support, there is a landing of consciousness. When that consciousness lands and grows, there is the production of renewed becoming in the future. When there is the production of renewed becoming in the future, there is future birth, aging-&-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair. Such (too) is the origination of this entire mass of suffering & stress.

“But when one doesn’t intend, arrange, or obsess (about anything), there is no support for the stationing of consciousness. There being no support, there is no landing of consciousness. When that consciousness doesn’t land & grow, there is no production of renewed becoming in the future. When there is no production of renewed becoming in the future, there is no future birth, aging-&-death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, or despair. Such is the cessation of this entire mass of suffering & stress.”

Intention
Cetanā Sutta  (SN 12:38)

Published by josh dippold

IntegratingPresence.com

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