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Questions tagged [karma]

For questions about ethically potent action (karma) and its effects.

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Is the buddhist concept of kamma supersticiously deterministic? [duplicate]

(Before asking my question, I'd like to make clear that all of my previous knowledge comes from sources other than the suttas). Is the buddhist doctrine of kamma a superstitious explanation for what ...
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Can we cancel out a kamma by doing a strong opposite kamma?

Can a bad kamma be cancelled out by doing a strong good kamma? If the answer is no, at-least can we reduce the effect of that bad kamma by doing so? If the answers are no for the above two questions,...
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Does an Arahant accumulate kamma in his/her life?

Cetana (Intention) is a universal mental factor which can be seen in every consciousness even in Arahants'. Kamma is the intention in one's consciousness. I have thought about the below statements ...
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If we consider 'kamma' as intention and habits, how are these transferred from a brain to next life when the brain breaks-up and cease to function?

According to the Pali Canon, how are intentions and habits passed on from one existence to another without any material support? What do the texts tell us about rebirth and the transference of these ...
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Why do ignorance and intention have something to do with rebirth?

I have a lot of trouble dealing with rebirth, mostly because of my previous "skeptic" past. However, buddhism has helped me a lot to open my mind and to get detached from any point of view that might ...
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Mahāsamādhi in Buddhism

Wikipedia defines Mahāsamādhi as follows: Mahāsamādhi (the great and final samādhi) is the act of consciously and intentionally leaving one's body. A realized yogi (male) or yogini (female) who ...
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Does one need to make amends for a bad action done unintentionally?

Example: A person is walking through a friend's house and accidentally/unintentionally knocks a vase and causes it to fall and break. The friend asks for the person to buy them a new vase, but the ...
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Can good karma, bad karma or neither good and bad karma arise or not arise from not doing?

"Not doing" in this sense is to mean the absence of any form of action that originates from thought (for instance physical form like speech, bodily movements) in such a way that reduces the physical ...
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Why don't some buddhists believe in karma and rebirth?

According to MN 60 and other suttas, believing in karma and afterlife is right view and believing that there is no karma and afterlife is unskillful and a wrong view because there is actually karma ...
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Benefits of five precepts

I believe in karma and rebirth but I don’t understand one thing. How does five precepts give you merits? Isn’t it only preventing bad karma? If you don’t kill any living beings or don’t steal anything ...
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Is it a sin to organize liqour & meat on cutomer request as a prt of my job?

I'm interested in Event planning & if I take up that job I'll have to make necessary arrangements for liqour & meat to be served at events upon client request. I'd like to know if that is ...
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How does one know which kamma-cetana and action is related to which kamma-vipaka being experienced?

For instance if I go to a forest and a dog bites me on my leg while there. How do I know whether: example 1: a) the dog biting me is my kamma-vipaka from my intentions and actions from the past ...
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Can the same kamma cetana and action lead to different fruit-of-kamma (kamma vipaka)?

I.e Mr A and Mr B are virtually identical (only their names, positions in space etc. are different). Mr A intends (x) and does x Mr A receives y Mr B intends (x) and does x Mr B receives z
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Invalid logic pertaining to karma in sutta AN 5.129?

WARNING: I don't hold the view explained in this question anymore and I think the view should not be held by anyone, because of it being dangerous. It's dangerous to think there are no consequences to ...
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Kosher, Halal and Buddhism

If you are a meat eating buddhist, is there any support that eating in this way lessens the karmic impact of consuming meat?
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Effects of modern culture (Movies/Gaming) on karmic reactions

Having read the following: Are actions in computer games bad for karma? Background: I have watched the latest Doom Eternal gameplay, its brilliant in terms of Graphics and dynamics. The actions and ...
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Why the view “I am the owner of my karma” not contradict anatta?

Why did the Buddha advise lay people and monks to think, "I am the owner of my kamma, the heir of my kamma; I have kamma as my origin, kamma as my relative, kamma as my resort; I will be the heir of ...
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Is it possible to Take Refuge in the Three Jewels, but still learn spiritual wisdom from teachers in other religions?

I am quite fond and connect deeply to the Buddha's teachings. I have been a soft lay buddhist for almost a year now. I am sure that it is one of the best ways to develop as a being, as well as help ...
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How to understand a second order Karma?

If a person B does an intentional harmful action on person A, and so B does a bad karma. As a result of that karma, it happens that a person C ends up hurting person B, intentionally or ...
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“Lower rebirth” — Are animals really “lower” than us?

I love most aspects of Buddhism but I can't agree that animals have a "lower" rebirth than us. Dogs for example sometimes have enormous love and compassion for their owners, even if they are being ...
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Do monks sneeze and cough?

Sneezing and coughing are voluntary reactions provoked by viruses in order to propagate and reach as many hosts as possible. If a person has a high sense of control of his or her own reactions, they ...
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I need an answer as to why i received a mother who makes me feel like an outcaste?

Buddhism teaches to respect parents. I do follow. But when ever i bow down our relation with my mother, she constantly tries to bring me down. She makes me feel bad for the way i look. I cannot change ...
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Unintended but mindless action resulted in death of a living thing

I am very new to Buddhism and am learning the teachings, so I am reaching out. I avoid hurting any living thing at all cost, but this morning while walking my dogs I was texting and I crushed a snail. ...
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What weight has the kamma when forced to do bad things as a child?

Example: A child (+/- 8yrs old) is forced to kill an animal. It doesn't want to, but has to because it is threatened by abusive adults. Wanting to kill or not doesn't, I think, matter when it comes ...
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Kamma associated with “Provocation”

The question is: How does Kamma associate with "provocation"? Example 1: A says to B "Hit/kill me if you dare." Example 2: A tells B that killing is justified if the cause is right. In the above ...
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How does Karma work for an inventor who changed lives of millions?

Consider an inventor who has nothing to do with spirituality but her innovation helped change lives of millions. Her innovation helps people even after her death. Further, innovations can be used for ...
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Importance of making and sharing merit

What are the benefits of transferring karmic fruitfulness and how is this done by Buddhists?
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Is there a way to speed up the extinguishment of bad karma? [duplicate]

If you are in a situation/or period of your life, where you think your are reaping the results of bad karma, is there something you can do to mitigate or hasten the results of such bad karma since you ...
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Hereditary illness and kamma

Many physical and mental illnesses are genetic or hereditary, whether partially or completely, the contributing factor is genetic, nevertheless. For example, you are born into a family that has ...
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Why should progress in meditation lead to rebirth in a more worldly setting?

It seems that the more successful your meditation is, the more lavish the surroundings of your next life (e.g. rebirth in a heavenly realm following the attainment of certain meditative states). ...
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How important is motivation in determining the virtue/non-virtue of a karmic action?

I ask this question because I assumed the importance of motivation being paramount in determining the virtue/non-virtue of karmic action was widely shared among all traditions. Anyway, I'd like to ...
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Reference wanted for “To see your past karma, look at your present body (and environment)…”

This is a reference request, not a doctrine question. I recall seeing a quote from a Buddhist text or teacher roughly to this effect... To see your past karma, look at your present body (and ...
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Looking for mentions of karma related to actions taken while dreaming

I am looking for early mentions of the accumulation of karma while dreaming. Here is what I've been able to find so far: In The Large Sutra on Perfect Wisdom a discussion of accumulating karma in ...
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Can we own a bird pet which will in a cage?

My cousin asked me to get one for her but I said : "Sorry, It's not allowed in Buddhism and we should care for them not in a cage even if cage were made of gold and must set them free and liberate ...
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Killing neighbours dog

Hi may I know what is the karma of killing a dog please? My neighbours dog starts barking from 5am daily and I don't get enough sleep. I am so tired at work and cannot focus. I've tried ...
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What are the requirements in order to happen a complete sin?

Imagine someone perform an action. What are the requirements should be completed for it to be a complete sin? Explain it by using killing an animal as an exaple
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Is there a way to hasten the results of bad deeds [duplicate]

The law of cause and effect is unchangeable and we must face the consequences of the Karmas done through body, speech and mind. However, is it possible to hasten the manifestation of the results of ...
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Ambitions - Are they Real or just an Illusion

Do our passions and ambitions need to be fulfilled or is it just an illusion created by our mind? According to the dhamma, is it considered to be helpful or unhelpful to fulfill goals?
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how important is self forgiveness in karma ?

I am trying to understand karma, I have and continue to read about intention and letting go. I am struggling with something. Could you help me ? A) If I acted (unwisely, unkindly, causing suffering),...
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How is one reborn as a chakravartin?

Chakravartin (Sanskrit cakravartin, Pali cakkavattin) is a Sanskrit term used to refer to an ideal universal ruler who rules ethically and benevolently over the entire world. Such a ruler's reign ...
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Is kamma relative?

My understanding is that Kamma depends on intention and as long as the three poisons aren't involved I'm "good to go". Does this mean that if someone did something reflexively, (without much ...
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How can Buddhism help me to get rid of a suffering due to a disease?

I came to know about Buddhism very late in my life. It is the time for me to relearn the fundamentals of life. But I struggle with everyday activity. I lack energy. In fact I have a diabetes. My past ...
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Dealing with food craving

During sleeping I experience strong food urges.. luckily I am most of the time aware of these acts but I still usually eat something but less (which is an accomplishment). It happened today again and ...
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The extent of free will

To what extent does Buddhism state we have free will and moral responsibility for our actions? Does Karma mean our future is predestined?
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Karma and one's own belief about the event

Suppose I yell at a person and I hold a belief like: "I made a mistake and I try my best not to repeat that fault again" vs "I'm such a bad person for doing that bad deed. I should feel ashamed of ...
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Difference between Pin (Punya) and Kusal(Kushala)?

I have seen people using the words Pin ("good deeds") interchangeably with Kusal; and Paw ("bad deeds") interchangeably with Akusal. But there are clear differences between them -- per my ...
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Logic vs Karmic principles

Imagine this hypothetical situation (which is meant to simplify the scenario in this question): There haven't been any past lives -- this is your first life, and therefore there is no past karma, but ...
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Can I say my Dhamma is Kamma?

I bear the brunt of my Karma. Nobody else. Self is so clearly elucidated by the theory of Kamma. Whatever I did in the past is responsible for what happens to me in the present and future. Effect of ...
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How can the term “spirit” be translated into Buddhist doctrine?

How can the term "spirit" be translated into Buddhist doctrine? If I may just copy paste the definition: Moreover, could be mean anything unconditioned, permanent, or in some way separate from the ...
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Karmic remnants after advice

If you gave someone good or bad advice or wrote a book that was stored in the Library of Congress and read for centuries then wouldnt you have a karmic remnant to bear?