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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?
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What is the importance of intention in Buddhism?

Do any scriptures discuss the importance of intention? Why is intention rather than action important?
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Vicious circle of karma

My question is: as i understand if you are a bad person in this life you pile up a ton of negative karma which will lead to miserable circumstances in the next life like cruel parents, birth in the ...
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Relationship between karma and science

How can science support or challenge the concept of Karma?
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What could a lay follower do to increase his zeal to become a monk?

I wasn't lucky enough to be born in a Buddhist society and I only discovered Buddhism late in life mainly because of my innate dissatisfaction with life as a whole. Actually, I was born into a ...
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Killing a terrorist by official government army consider as bad karma?

Government army need to follow orders by Government. In the war, army has to kill the terrorists. That is the nature of war and defeating terrorists is their job. So is it consider as bad karma? I ...
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What does the first para of Lonaphala Sutta mean?

The first paragraph of the Lonaphala Sutta, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, states: "Monks, for anyone who says, 'In whatever way a person makes kamma, that is how it is experienced,' there is ...
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What is the role of karma in the wheel of becoming?

I can't seem to find resources that tell me the role of karma within the wheel itself rather than the nature of karma. Any suggestions?
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Question about Narakas

I want to ask the following: Is there a mention in the suttas or anywhere else that tells that there is a corresponding hell (Naraka) according to specific evil deeds? I wonder if it is a random thing ...
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Is an analogy between karma and modern day physics possible?

The Buddha spoke about kalapa's. A body, including the mind, consists of tiny particles which arise and cease in a everlasting flow of sequence. Karma as the law of action/reaction. Unwholesome acts ...
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If every bad event is because of karma, how can anyone ever murder an arhat or buddha?

If every bad event is because of karma, how can anyone ever murder an arhat? Killing an Arhat (enlightened being) is one of the ānantarika-kamma actions.
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What are the characteristics of karmaless action?

Assuming one has to operate in the temporal sphere, but seeks to diminish the karmic implications of action, what are the characteristics of karmaless actions? Is this distinct from right action?
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What is the deal with “instant” Karma?

Over the years, I've noticed that the idea of karma is quite popular in the USA. Specifically, specifically this is the idea "karma" means that if you do something bad, something bad will happen to ...
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What are the cases where a karma's fruit is destroyed?

I would like to know what are all the cases in which a karma's fruit is destroyed. Except being destroyed by walking the "path" - this will derail this question cause this causes discussions on ...
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Can karma be destroyed by other Niyamas?

Can karma be destroyed by other Niyamas? Can the other four niyamas from the "Five Niyamas" remove a person's karma? Or just affect it?
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Questions to deniers of traditional view on Rebirth

1. If there's no rebirth, what happens after death of a non-arahant? Does a new life ensue dependent on the one which has just ended? 2. Rebirth is tightly connected with kamma. a) Do you observe ...
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Is the Karma theory an essential component of Buddha's teaching?

Stephen Batchelor claims in several speeches and books that Buddha never said the Karma and rebirth theory was true, it is not important to Buddha's teachings, and when he was a Gelug monk and asked ...
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“Not experiencing the effects of actions you did not do” as a characteristic of karma

Referring to the Four Characteristics of Karma (catvāri karmasvabhāva), as taught in Tibetan schools: The certainty of karma. The magnification of karma. Not experiencing the effects of actions you ...
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Bad behavior (and therefore bad kamma?) due to physical ailments

In this TEDx Talk Youtube video at timestamp 12m 36s, Dr. Daniel Amen told the story of a nine year old boy named Andrew, who attacked a girl on a field for no particular reason and he had other ...
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If there is no Self , what Self is there to be affected by the karma which non-Self now performs?

If there is no Self , then what Self is there to be affected by the karma which the non-Self now performs? EDIT: A similar question I guess was asked in Samyutta Nikaya and Buddha replied as follows :...
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How are good and bad Karmas determined in Buddhism?

One important thing that Hindus and Buddhists agree on is the law of Karma. That is, there are certain actions which will lead a person to have a positive experience in future, either in this life or ...
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What does “ending karma” mean?

I tried to read Kamma & the Ending of Kamma but I don't wholly understand it, perhaps especially: The paragraph which begins with "The truth of the Buddha's understanding of the processes of ...
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Sources on the Consequences of insulting

I recently encounted a situation where some comic fans in my country gathered up and had a Comic Con and it was worth their effort on making their own costumes. They have spend a lot of their time and ...
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Concept of Karma in Bhagwad Gita and Buddhism

In Hinduism, there are many philosophies developed regarding the concept of God and afterlife, and they all give their own interpretations. Regarding the Karmic approach, the main book that gives ...
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Why activity makes me material & full of desires?

I am in very dilemma- When I am inactive or lazy I meditate well, read good religious books etc. But whenever I come into action like studies or useful work I become very material & also get ...
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Second Noble Truth

I am reading multiple interpretations of the 2nd noble truth. Most of the sources indicate that it is craving, desires, wanting. Some sources talk about wrong understanding of reality and itself, ...
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If someone steals my goods/harms me then is it ok to take revenge on him/her?

If someone has done some big bad thing bad to me, which can't be forgotten easily, then is it ok to take revenge on them, if that person is guilty in this matter? Will it generate any negative karmic ...
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Rarity of the Human World

I've read in Buddhist texts that being born into the human world is a rare and privileged event. If that's the case, then why are killers and "bad" people allowed to be born into the human world? ...
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Weird people and their Karma

So many times I've read and watched in news that people are taking video in their phone while crime is happening and someone burning in fire, one badly bleeding and facing to the death. So does those ...
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Can somebody remove their bad karma by believing that it doesn't exist?

If somebody does sin or bad karma, harms other living beings, but that person doesn't believe in karma and believes that karma is just an illusion. then how does his bad actions will harm him? For ...
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What is wrong with my vision of karma?

We are consciousness housed inside a physical form. We started off as the nothingness of the universe ... all potential. Then we were bound to this form just as someone capturing air in a bag. ...
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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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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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Dogen writings on reality and death

What is meant by body mind and the world is born simultaneously ...Buddha nature will never break apart. Do we die or is life eternal.
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Karma and the creation of the earth

I believe I've heard that the earth, after periodical destruction, comes into being because because beings with unexpiated karma exist - some of them will need to be born as humans, some as animals. ...
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What is the true nature of karma?

The more I study and meditate upon karma the more I am convinced that it is a physical thing and not a moral one. The universe is a massive interweaving assemblage of gears and wheels and shafts and ...
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Helping Others Who Still Need to Suffer due to karma

I was wondering if helping others who are suffering prevents them from receiving their karmic dues. For example, if Person X caused great suffering to others, then according Buddhism, his Karma will ...
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People get sick and die next to me - my karma?

If people i care about get sick a lot and die a lot - is it part of my karma to experience this ? is there a name for this type of karma ? anything that can be added on this subject will be ...
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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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Is there any proof of Karma theory & rebirth?

Non Abrahmic religions like Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism & Sikhism believe in Karma theory & rebirth. I'm interested in knowing the proofs of Karma theory & rebirth presented by Buddhism....
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Can another one's karma are affected by others?

Can one person's karma are affected by another ones.
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How does human will fit with Pratītyasamutpāda?

On Tevijjavacchagotta Sutta the Buddha said that in the last ninety-one aeons, no fatalist who denies the power of volitional acts, has ever gone to heaven, except one, who happened to follow the ...
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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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Does a sexual union with one's body incarnation of an opposite sex count as a misconduct?

According to Mahayana doctrine (at least within Nyingma linbeage), different incarnations of body, mind and/or speech of a same sentient being are possible. By which I deduce that a sentient being of ...
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What is appropriate punishment for heinous crimes by Buddhist standards?

I've been looking into this lately and am curious how should we address crime and punishment? I know all about the story of Angulimala, but we can't expect all murders, rapist etc., to experience ...
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What is the Karmic Effect of Harsh Speech?

What are the karmic fruits/consequences of speaking harshly to others?
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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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Feeling concern for others but like my efforts in anything are wasted

I feel concern for others, but like my efforts in anything are wasted. Is there any practice I could engage in, to remedy the latter? I've been taught meditation in a handful of contexts. What about ...
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Complexities of karma accounting

It is of certain interest to me how does buddhism view the mechanics of karma accounting. By accounting I mean the weighing of intentions and outcomes and adjustment of the karmic ledger of the ...
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Is the term “Everything happens for a reason” appropriate?

In terms of Buddhist thought Is this accurate? It doesn't seem to jive with cause and effect which is more often referenced.