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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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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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How can merit be transferred?

When attend an event at the sangha I'm with (Triratna) we often transfer merit (puñña) at the end of it. So any good result of the meditation, ritual, dharma study etc... we give away. I know that ...
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Can lay people be involved in the weapons business?

There is a short sentence in the suttas where the Buddha said lay people should not involve themselves in the weapons business, but it seems this is not as serious as the five precepts. The question ...
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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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Is the only way to deal with the effects of your bad karma endurance?

Do you just have to endure these bad effects no matter how long they may last? I feel like I'm dealing with some bad karma.
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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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Killing a bigger animal causes more bad karma than killing a smaller animal?

I know that killing virtuous beings is a grave bad karma. But when it comes animals, virtue is irrelevant. I have heard from monks that bigger the animal greater the sin it is to kill it. How is that ...
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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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If A is killed by B due to A's past karma of killing B, will B suffer from this karma of killing A?

I am trying to deepen my understanding of the law of karma. Let's say: A killed B. B killed A in next life. Is this particular karma of A considered "completed", that B will not suffer since this is ...
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What, besides karma, determines the future?

Since karma isn't the only thing that determines what happens to you, what are the other aspects? I remember hearing a dharma talk where someone explained that there were like eight things that ...
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Can a human being reside both in this world and Nirvana at the same time?

I've heard Samsara as the term to describe a world with suffering. And it's my simple understanding that Nirvana is the absence of suffering. Correct me if I'm mistaken. My question is fairly simple, ...
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Are good deeds superficial?

It's said that our actions are originated from unconscious mind. People are trying to become more patient, more tolerable, etc. but there are anger type of people, lustful type of people, etc.. Once ...
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Question on the possibility of higher rebirth for animals

In the questions Why not kill animals to hasten their rebirth? and Do the same rules of Karma apply to animals? and others, it in part discusses how animals have a very difficult time to be reborn as ...
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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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Karma, right effort, letting go, heroic sacrifices: what's the right thing to do?

Isn't there a story where the Buddha accosts a monk who's bleeding from performing walking meditation for too long, and tells him practice must be like a Veena's string - not too tight, not too loose? ...
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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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Is there a Tantrayana (Tibetan Buddhism) training related to “burning” past bad karma?

I heard (only heard) a couple of times somewhere that there is a training in Tantrayana that can purify you, by deleting or burning your own past bad karma. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of ...
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What do we do when we've broken a precept?

How should we proceed in our practice when we have broken some of the five precepts? I am anguished over this unwholesome behavior and the negative karma I created. Ajahn Brahm talks about self-...
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How does the force of ones karma determine where the mind stream goes?

"On the other hand, superior Bodhisattvas, who have attained the path of seeing, are not reborn through the force of their karma and destructive emotions, but due to the power of their compassion for ...
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Is lying at a job interview breaking a precept?

Since lying is not really directed at a person, can it still be harmful? I have had multiple jobs before when the companies I worked for had no issues lying to me(on a organizational level) I can ...
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How did this material world come into existence if the ultimate reality is voidness?

Okay, I know that anything that come into existence has a cessation.. So, how did this world of suffering begin? Or, if you say it never began and it's ever existent, why would it need to exist? ...
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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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What is the best way to forget bad choices in the past?

We all have done bad karma,so if something is bugging my mind constantly (Like killing some mosquito) what is the solution for me,what can i do to overcome it/or to forget it?
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What happens to the five aggregates after death?

What happens to the five skandhas of a particular person after death? Do they stay together, and cause birth of a one specific person (which can be called rebirth), or do they separate? If they ...
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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 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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What's the karmic cause for loneliness

I'm wondering why some people have many friends (lasting friendship like friends since kindergarten to college)while some has almost none. I understand that it would depend on situations in present. ...
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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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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 is not fatalism?

According to the Buddhism's theory, one man's fate is destined by the past's karma. Suppose that he faced an unfortunate incident at birth, which is due to past karma. Besides, his genes are inherited ...
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How is prayer different in Buddhism when compared to theistic religions?

We all know the concept of kamma-vipaka and that we should strive and create the causes of our happiness. I understand the Buddhas only point the way, they teach the Dhamma and we are responsible for ...
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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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Why do I have to suffer due to a thing that a person in a past life has done that I have no control over?

The question that I was asked recently and couldn’t come up with a proper answer to was, "Please explain to me why I have to suffer due to a thing that a person in a past life has done that I have ...
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Is psychic disease related to bad karma?

I suffer from a psychic disease (borderline disease of personality) which has turned my life into hell for at least half of the time, I spend several hours a day crying desperately and nothing helps, ...
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Can a Buddhist use antibacterial soap?

During my college humanities class, I learned some things about Buddhism, which I had not had exposure to before. My teacher would sometimes tell us stories about field trips he would take with the ...
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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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Does practice build good kamma despite wrong action?

I ask this question in the context of one who does wrong action and gets right results anyways, which happens a lot. Someone with a pretty good understanding of Kamma but to my knowledge it doesn't ...
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Law of Karma in the Buddha's own words

Where can I find the law of karma and rebirth in Buddha's own words? Which scripture mentions it explicitly, as told by Buddha, and accepted by all sects of Buddhism?
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Do parents' karma affect their children?

In Hinduism, it is generally said that children too have a share of their parent's sins & good deeds. So, according to Buddhism, does the karma of a parent (in a direct or indirect way) affect ...
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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 ...
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Is there a way to “reset” all karmic conditions with immediate effect?

It is my basic understanding that certain actions such as killing one's parents or harming the Buddha has immediate karmic reactions. Are there actions that have immediate "wholesome" outcomes or ones ...
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Is surrounding yourself with good people a form of aversion?

I am unsure the definition of 'good' in Buddhism. My assumptions are of 'good' are; Caused no bodily harm intentionally Caused no mental harm intentionally No expectations when help is offered ...
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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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Kamma and right livelihood in a modern business environment

It is easier to define "right livelihood" in the time of the Buddha when compared to our modern society. I would like to know if this situation can be considered wrong livelihood and if it creates bad ...
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Thought or intention is always karma?

"Chethanaham bikkawe kamman wadami". Dear Bikkhus, I introduce thought as karma. It is after having thought that we engage in action physically, verbally and mentally. ( Nibbedhika sutraya) ...
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Reducing the power of a bad karma

As we all agree none of us have a white past, we've all have done some bad thing in our past before coming to the path and in previous lives. So how should we use the good karma we generate today to ...
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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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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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Reason(s) for being born as men and women

Does anyone have an explanation as to how Buddhism explains the reason(s) as to why and how humans are born as men and women? What governs the gender?

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