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Husband and wife for hundreds of times of consecutive rebirth. How?

In Theravada Buddhism, once a person dies he or she will be reborn immediately. Each person dies at a different time. How is it possible for a husband and a wife to meet again in the future ...
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Does the degree of the victim's sentience correlate with the kamma associated with killing it?

"One should not kill a living being, nor cause it to be killed, nor should one incite another to kill. Do not injure any being, either strong or weak, in the world. Sutta Nipāta 2.396" ...
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What is Death? What did Buddha say regarding the experience of Death?

What is death according to Buddhism? When does it occur? Why do so many people die simultaneously in natural calamities? What did Buddha say about death? Please give references of Buddha's teachings.
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Buddhism and bacteria

Buddhist teachings tell that all intentional killing is negative karma. So, what about bacteria? Are bacteria considered to be sentient beings? Is using antibiotics negative karma? Is it possible to ...
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AN 4.233 what exactly is the relation between kamma, saṅkhārā?

AN 4.233 sutta passage here in pali + english: https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/08/an-4233-what-exactly-is-relation.html questions: what exactly are those 3 sankharas (bodily, voice, mind)?...
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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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If the law of Karma is a natural law like Newton's law?

Can we write an equation for it? at least in principle because I know that there are lots of variables involved. but if it really is a part of nature then why not?
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If we have the law of karma, why do we need other laws, or do we?

Since we have the law of karma then there should be no need for laws or prisons? The law of karma will issue out punishment automatically. So if you murder someone there will be equal consequences ...
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what the buddha said about his own karma?

I have a strong believe in buddha but i am not much in karma logic. Had the buddha said anything of karma? If yes then what and if not then how? I am seeing some people getting back in a very amazing ...
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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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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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Doing versus not doing what others tell you to do

Is not doing what others tell you to do a wholesome or unwholesome act? When someone tells you to do something, and you decline, when it's a wholesome act and when it's an unwholesome act from your ...
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At what point in the path is one able to recall their past lives?

In most traditions of Buddhism there is talk of the Buddha, or various Bodhisattvas talking about their past lives. At what point in the path to enlightenment is the ability to remember ones past ...
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What are the ten courses of action (kamma)?

In the Visuddhimagga, on the topic of virtue, there is a reference to the ten courses of action (kamma): Furthermore, virtue as volition is the seven volitions [that accompany the first seven] of ...
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Should I help an aggressive panhandler?

I recently encountered an aggressive panhandler. To be exact, he was a peddler who was selling a small good at a profitable price. I didn't end up buying anything from him because I simply didn't ...
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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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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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Is the determining thought moment (vottopana) based entirely off of past karma?

Is the way I choose to react to a situation based entirely off of past karma or is there something else that determines how I react to an external object? I am confused between my understanding that ...
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What is the Buddhist perception of injustice, considering the law of Karma?

Considering the notion of our future being the result of our actions in the past, is there any room for the concept of unfairness in Buddhist philosophy? What is the right/skillful view one should ...
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Why is “idle speech” one of the ten unwholesome actions?

According to the Suttas, "idle speech" is one of the ten unwholesome actions which generate bad karma. I understand why the other nine unwholesome actions would generate bad karma, but I have a lot of ...
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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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Not listening to parents is bad karma?

This is something that I keep hearing from my grandmother that annoys me so much. Although I am of age (26 to be precise), I am still expected to listen to almost every word that my parents say (at ...
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Does Buddhism explain the past karma, and rebirth, of a short-lived fetus?

When the rebirth-linking consciousness arises in the fetus (I read elsewhere at around 26 weeks), but the fetus dies (somehow) prior to or during birth, is it possible to understand why this kind of ...
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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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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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Is there a gradation of proper and improper deeds?

When somebody asks if it's OK for a Buddhist to do this or that, different answers may be given: It goes against n'th precept It is an unwholesome action It will produce bad kamma It will cause ...
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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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Does having a child has a negative/positive impact in karma?

The question aims towards to creating a new life and not to the desire from which said life is concived. Other way of this question would be: the act of giving a life which can be seen as a being with ...
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What Buddhist materials describe how to increase the number of people with good Karma in a geographic area?

In some of his books Lama Ole Nydahl claims that the prosperity of certain region is determined (among other things) by the Karma of people living there. That is, people in Switzerland (or Silicon ...
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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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What is awareness?

I understand that there is no self; yet there seems to be a never changing deeply seated, unfindable awareness attached to a human body that observes the sensations that arise and pass away. This ...
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Feeding meat to pets is it a good karma or bad?

I switched my diet to complete vegetarian diet just out of compassion towards animals. However I am confused about feeding meat to my pet dogs. Feeding meat to one animal will directly or indirectly ...
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Jhanas and past lives

I always thought that the remembrance of the past lives and the vision of the mechanism of the kamma were the fruits of the jhanas. BUT, it is said that the Tathagata learnt the (8) jhanas from two ...
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What is the text in which the Buddha gets a migraine?

In the Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition lecture series Grant Hardy mentions that there is a Buddhist sutra or text when the Buddha gets a migraine (it's probably not described as a ...
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What are Buddha-fields and Dharma-fields in Buddhism? What roles do they play in various lineages?

Recently, I heard the terms Buddha-fields and Dharma-fields. It was explained as a place to do good deeds for gaining good karma. However, I'm not sure about the explanation or what it means. What ...
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How can we use the triple round model to understand dependent origination?

In the Visuddhimagga (but not in the suttas) and possibly other commentaries, we can find the triple round model, which can be used to explain dependent origination (paticcasamuppada). The first ...
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Buddhism and Science

Science is capable of helping living beings flourish, or of generating suffering for living beings. Either of these two capacities are the result of trial and error as well as research and ...
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When to help and when not to?

How does one know when to help and when not to help others? It seems without awareness of the results - bad, good, neutral for the one being helped and one who is helping, it is difficult to make ...
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Garu kamma explanation

garu-kamma (weighty karma) - if one has killed one's mother or father, for example. These types of karma outweigh any other possible result; one who has performed these at some time in this life ...
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Cause, condition and effect in Buddhism

If the result of one's karma is the combination of cause and condition, how does one account for all variables in the culmination of an effect? If one is unable to include all variables, isn't that ...
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I saw a cat killing a mouse. Could have stopped it, but didn't

I saw a cat chasing a mouse outside of my house and kill it. I could have chased the cat away and saved the mouse's life but I just watched and didn't do anything. Not that I was enjoying what I saw ...
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If I am not the skandhas, then what entity/group of entities am I being responsible for by being a good person?

I'm look more for an epistemological Buddhist answer to this question. If I am anatta (not self because composite) then who is the one responsible for his/her actions? Why am I still responsible for ...
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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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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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Why have a legal/ justice system? Let karma take care of things?

We all know people who are living immoral lives committing crimes but getting away by bending the law towards their side due to wealth and influence. When ever I see or hear something like this I keep ...
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Which specific process determines where consciousness will alight?

As the title indicates, I don't know how the mind "picks" which sensation to focus on. Considering the huge amount of sense-data being received by the mind each moment, which condition directs ...
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Desperate for help about intent and my fears

I am hoping for help as I’m feeling really horrible right now. I’m not a Buddhist but I have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) that is focussed on religion. I am sorry for such a long post but I don’...
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Is it a sin to vacuum cobwebs & ants while cleaning?

I vacuum away cobwebs, ants & any other small insects I find while cleaning the house. My intention is to clean the house but I still feel bad about those insects. And most of the time I don't ...
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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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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 ...