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Does Human Evolution Disprove a Kamma Based Rebirth?

I've started my practice as a Buddhist. Currently, I've read a few books about Buddhism particularly the Theravāda lineage for myself it seems more appropriate. While reading about kamma one thing ...
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Scientific approach of Kamma

The concept of Kamma implies that information is stored in the mind (not the brain) and after the being is dead, this mind (or this data "storage") goes on and carries with it the current position of ...
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Is there a way to wipe out ones Karma?

I am 34 and I was brought up in this mad rat race of trying to become 'someone' and be somebody successful. I come from a Hindu background and up until I have been introduced to Buddhism I have only ...
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Where do “new” humans come from?

If all of us are re-incarnations of prior human beings, how do we account for the growing population? Where do “new” humans come from?
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How do you know if you have bad/good karma?

Is it possible to know if you have bad or good karma? A lot of things have happened to me in life that is very negative. I believe partially it is my own fault because the way I am and how others ...
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Loss of "faith" in buddhism

I've never had any religion throughout my childhood and adolescence, and at the age of 18 I had my first contacts with buddhism; It seemed fascinating, and I kept reading about all the things I could ...
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Non-vegetarianism

I feel guilty about eating non-vegetarian food (fish, eggs and chicken). I know Buddhist followers, brahmins (Hindus) and Jains follows strict rules for vegetarianism. Does eating any sort of meat ...
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How would an animal ever accumulate enough merit to warrant rebirth as a human?

i have only a basic knowledge of Buddhist thought but have hit a problem that i have not been able to locate an answer to. so any pointers would be appreciated... everything i read suggests that to ...
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Doing evil knowingly and unknowingly

In the Milindapanha, Nagasena points out to king Milinda that doing evil knowingly accrues lesser demerit than doing evil unknowingly. Does the Buddha make the same statement anywhere in the Suttas? ...
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Are the results of positive Kamma good from a Buddhist's perspective or good from a "Samsaric's" perspective?

When making good Kamma, there is a clear Buddhist element on it, for instance: If you give food to a Paccekabuddha you will receive greater benefits, suppoting the Sangha creates more merit than ...
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How should i understand "Stored up kamma"?

I'm reading the book "The Noble Eightfold Path" by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. I'm currently reading about "Right View" and i have a question regarding an explanation by the author. The quote can be found on ...
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Right livelihood - how many cutouts is enough?

Slaughtering an animal for meat or a person for wealth is not right livelihood, nor is it right to pay someone else to do so. So far, so good. Modern corporations allow individuals to amass more ...
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Problem with the logic of karma

Ok, so i am kind of an outsider on this topic, so i assume i got something basic wrong. But even if thats not the case, please try to explain this to me: As i understand it at this point, Karma works ...
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Killing and planing to kill

As to Buddhism killing is wrong and planning such things is also wrong. So what is the difference between the Karma of a person who killed someone and a person who only planned but never killed.
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How bad is the karma of feeding meat to your children?

I have a girlfriend who has a daughter from another man. If I raise this kid not vegetarian, will that be bad karma? Her mother is an omnivore and the kid is being raised in an omnivore household. It ...
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How we collect bad karma?

I'm a student, and I'm getting weird instant bad thoughts to hurt my mom without any reason coz of my anxiety. they are not delibarete by any means.but I have never hurt her verbally or physically. ...
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Does (bad) karma have to be depleted to be able to attain enlightenment?

This question came to me from over thinking the "Angulimala" story. He had to "repent" to some extent for the murders he committed, by being scolded an hit by stones. However, the effect of the karma ...
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Buddhism and terminal illness

Even in my limited knowledge on Buddhism, it makes sense to see a connection between a terminal illness (like cancer) and previous negative karma. Is there a Sutta where Buddha talks about this ...
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What, precisely, is kamma/karma?

In Buddhist doctrine there is always the problem, that for the sake of understandability, certain concepts are being presented in a solid, substantial way, while actually, one has to keep in the back ...
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Is our success predestined by our past karma?

Some people are more richer other others, some are more intelligent than others, some are more beautiful than others... Are all these predestined? I heard that one's karma in his/her past life ...
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Is there a Connection between Sila and Fear?

Is there a connection between Sila and fear? I find fear to be the main reason I practice sila. I would like to practice Sila out of loving kindness and a compassionate heart but I'm more worried ...
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Do thoughts create karma?

This question is about a very specific situation, but there might hopefully be a more general answer. We've had conflicts at work, to the extent that we had to get a psychologist help us! There are ...
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How does making merit affect karma?

I believe I understand the basics of karma as the effects of our intentions and actions (good & evil) which will play some role in this and future lives. But how does merit making affect karma? If ...
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Why does killing produce bad karma?

Is it because we cause a being to suffer and experience pain while it's/he's being killed? Or, is it because we put an end to its/his relationships and desires? Or what reason can it be?
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What is the role of karma in rebirth?

Rebirth is not reincarnation. How then does the karma of an individual affect their rebirth? In reincarnation, an individual's karma results in a better or worse next life for their soul. But in ...
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Is being entertained always considered a negative thing?

I was surprised by the answers to the question Are actions in computer games bad for karma? Specifically, @BuddHo's answer which takes on the question Why must entertainment be eschewed? I thought ...
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Reconciliation of Past Sins

If a person has murdered someone: ie. A fellow human being (eg. By directly attacking someone; or by indirect attack- by speech/action ; or by other means such as abortion) , what methods are ...
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Buddhism and thought crime

Having read multiple sources about karma, there appear to be different interpretations. Some suggest that physical volitional acts bear the seeds of karma while others such as this one, suggest that ...
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My job requires me to shuck oysters

I am not necessarily Buddhist but I am a vegan and killing doesn't sit well with me. I have suffered terrible sleep condition over the past 2 years and can't work in my field anymore and have no ...
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Did the Buddha make any reference to Krishna and Gita?

As Hinduism was a prominent religion of the Buddha's time (though not in today's unified form ), Buddha must have learnt about the Gita and krishna's philosophy. In fact, the Buddha's karma philosophy ...
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Karma: Intention vs knowing result of an action

This is something I have been wondering about karma for quite some time. I have been told that intention is what matters when one does an action but what about when I know that a side effect of my ...
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Do artists/entertainers accumulate positive merit when people enjoy their craft?

A painter whose painting hangs in a public museum, a writer that has their works checked out of the library frequently, a singer with melodies that calm the mind, and a comedian that gets people ...
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Difference between neutral Karma and no Karma

I've read an article that mentioned something like neutral Karma, and it seems it is no more/less than no Karma. Does anything differentiate neutral Karma from no Karma?
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Dharma without Karma?

I simply ask myself rather one could make sense of the Dharma and apply it without the concepts of rebirth and kamma? Though for me it is my personal approach to the Dharma, which i find to be ...
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Can a bad karma happen just only with a thought without any physical or verbal action?

Do we collect bad karma just only with an instant thought without any physical action or verbal action?
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Is kamma the driving force behind dependent origination

I hope someone could help me clarify something about dependent origination, is Kamma the driving force behind dependent origination ?
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Was Buddha deceiving others to get them on the path?

I understand that the Buddha used different teachings styles, depending on the audience/people that were listening. Also, I understand that there seems to be a ,superficial', easier accessible ...
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How does Buddhism define abortion? [duplicate]

Abortion is a much-debated topic, and religion frequently plays a role in any such discussion. How does abortion fit into Buddhist faith? Is it considered negative karma by definition, or perhaps ...
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How does Karma works?

Will happen same with me the way I had build my bad Karma? e.g If I've stolen money then will I face same, will someone steal my money? Or do I've to pay more than that?
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Is mindfulness itself kamma ? does it create kamma?

Is mindfulness itself kamma ? does it create kamma ? is it one of the 50 types of kamma ? (my teacher who is a monk told me mindfulness is kamma - and like kamma its an accumulated thing ) Im ...
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Right way to teaching Dhamma

Buddha said that there is a specific way to teach the dhamma. That for example, if I remember correctly, among other things, it's important to mention the cause and effect in one's teaching. I can't ...
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In Relation to Rebirth After Death, How is Karma any Different than Supernatural gods?

My questions are: How is karma any different more believable than supernatural gods passing judgement when we are talking about rebirth after the point of death - rebirth being inextricably linked to ...
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Are there any exceptions to the first precept?

I recently accidentally injured a bee, I did all I could to help it, but its wing was broken and so was its leg, it could not walk nor fly, it was clearly in a great amount of pain and distress. I ...
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Wholesome is absence of passion?

A person told here, that wholesome (kusala) means absence of passion (desire, will..., raga, lobha, chanda...). Is that right? If, why. Is it wrong? If, why? No need to have passion to answer the ...
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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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Today, I killed

At work, a tiny little flying insect landed on my desk. At first I thought he was dead because he wasn’t moving, so I gently pushed him to see if he reacted, and he moved so I left him alone. Some ...
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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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What is the term for not believing in cause and effect after death?

Is it just "annihilationism"? Whatever it is called, has is always been a heresy or wrong view? I can't see how it must be annihilationism, because the budha answers that this dogma is wrong on the ...
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Is suffering caused by oneself, others, by both, or spontaneous?

According to popular belief of Karma, suffering is caused by oneself. I would like to know: Is one's own suffering caused by oneself? Is one's own suffering caused by others? Is one's own ...
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Through which medium does kammic information travel after the break-up of the body?

If we understand kamma-vipaka as the process of creation and perpetuation of habitual volitional deeds, we can see that, in a living being, there's a medium through which behavioral information is ...