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Do we “deserve” our bad fortune?

If I recall correctly, the term karma is used to explain the concept of dependent origination and how one thing leads to another, consequently creating every event that happens in our lives. It is ...
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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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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.
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Is ignorance a sin?

If I do not know the rules of a country, that does not count for that much in a court of law. I will still be punished for breaking the law. Likewise, if I do not know that bad speech results in bad ...
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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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What does Buddhism say about the consequences of good and bad behaviour?

Please someone clarify: Does Buddhism believe in rebirth? There is an general belief in almost all religions that our good and bad will be carry forwarded to next and next to next generation and all, ...
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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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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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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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If I download illegal material for my education and if the material is not in my reach in my country, is it still bad karma?

I downloaded a lot of things for 16 years I guess.I now understood this is a form of stealing.And i decided to delete my downloaded content.But some material is not found in my country,or if i order ...
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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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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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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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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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Do you have to have certain pastlife karma to use a computer?

So lets take all humans currently alive in the human world. They all have the karma to be reborn in this realm. Computers exist in our world, and in some places (Not all) public libraries provide ...
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Can karma operate at the level of groups i.e. collectively?

In the book the Land of No Buddha the author interviews a Tibetan lama in which he talks about collective karma - to quote All groups have karma that is more than just the collection of the ...
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Fate and karma same or different?

I do not understand the difference between karma and fate; are they the same or different?
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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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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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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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Is there a contradiction in the translation of the Bhūmija Sutta?

The Bhūmija Sutta in the Nidanasamyutta of the Samyutta Nikaya appears to be a very important sutta for the Sri Lankan Mahavihara & Buddhaghoṣa school that came to dominate south east Asian ...
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Is anxiety connected to the three unwholesome roots?

I have read that anxiety/worry is unwholesome. Is this because it is a form of aversion, one of the three unwholesome roots, or something else?
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Is too much of good kamma an obstacle for enlightenment?

The more good kamma one has, the more likely one is to be reborn as a deva, and not a human, right? This article says the following about devas: So in spite of their excellent concentration and ...
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What are Kusala roots?

What are Kusala roots, how are they determined, what effects do they have? And where in the Buddha's teaching are they mentioned? Thank you.
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What must be done before rebirth in the hell realms becomes inevitable?

I once read a commentary by a Rinpoche talking about how the karma of killing a single fly grew at an exponential rate. Since negative karma grows so quickly, what actions, and what amount of those ...
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What happens if a Person spent money on good things which are earned from bad ways

Think That , a person is selling liquor or weapons , Now he has done the business some time and now he is a very rich person . According to Buddhism Selling liquor and weapons are bad businesses . ...
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How can you use Q&A to gain good Karma and also aid to realize liberation

How can you use Q&A to: effectively and efficiently create good Karma, and also use it as an aid to reach the final Buddhist goal Also what Suttas and literature, cover these topics?
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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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How is the doctrine of no-self compatible with reincarnation?

The term anattā (Pali) or anātman (Sanskrit) refers to the doctrine of "non-self", that there is no unchanging, permanent soul in living beings. If this is the case, then what exactly is being ...
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Traits of a person manifesting in certain ways in the next life

Somewhere on this site I read in an answer that certain traits you develop or inherit are responsible for your physical appearance. Now of course good deeds in one life will lead to positively ...
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What are the karmic consequences of writing horror / fantasy fiction?

Once I heard that Edgar Allan Poe is still being "haunted" by his creation, his Raven, because countless readers all over the world keep feeding energy to it, like a tulpa that never dies. Many ...
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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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What Ahosi kamma really is?

The definition of ahosi kamma is defunct kamma which no longer bears fruits. As we know every action has its consequence. From Buddhist point of view, AFAIK, it's impossible to remove any vipaka ...
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If kamma is not everything, then what is that?

Kamma is one of the thing that is not ponderable. We experience many things in life, if a fatal accident is often understood as a result of kamma then what about other relatively small things such as ...
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How does our inactions contribute to Karma?… For eg:How can you justify act of your cook killing an animal for your non buddhist guest?

I came to know His Holiness Dalai Lama serves his guests meat at his residency.... Is it dharma to ask your cook to kill an animal to serve your guest or further is it not your dharma to ask your cook ...
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Karma responsibility regarding beheadings

I simply can't accept that those poor souls who've been decapitated by ISIS are to blame in any way apart from perhaps the fact that they happened to be in the wrong place. Please can someone help me ...
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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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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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What is the process for cleansing a very negative action?

Several years ago I did something that was totally legal, but very much against my upbringing, my world-view, and my ethics. It was a spur of the moment thing and I have regretted it massively ever ...
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Buddhist thought on Amends

Did the Buddha address the idea of making amends for past wrongs? I understand that we really only have the present moment in which karma is made, and where past karma manifests. But say one was a ...
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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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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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What is the right way of living in the Present?

What is the right way of living in the Present? Present day living is full of challenges and with forces in play and to act in certain way. How does one follow the Path in these conditions without ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the Karmic Effect of Harsh Speech?

What are the karmic fruits/consequences of speaking harshly to others?
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Asking about Parent-Child relationship karma. Is it bad if I don't wanna go visit my dad?

My parent seperated since I was young and I was rise by my mom. Right now my dad is not in a good condition and unfortunately my aunt and uncle from my dad's side doesn't like me much. Too be honest I ...
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Why is only intentional action considered as Karma, which gives rise to corresponding consequences?

Consider a situation (just a silly example) like this: Suppose I'm walking on a road or grass field, and I know there are living beings like ants and other insects lying down on the surface, but I ...